Waffle House Suspect Wearing a 'Suicide Smock'

As the AP reports Travis Reinking's dad gave him his guns back
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
In this photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department, Travis Reinking sits in a police car after being arrested in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday.   (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she'd urged federal officials to keep Travis Reinking in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Reinking's former boss says he had exhibited erratic behavior for years before the shooting. Darlene Sustrich says her company got a call from the FBI after he allegedly tried to jump the White House fence last July. "We told them, 'Hang onto him if you can. Help him if you can.'" Reinking wasn't armed at the time, but at the FBI's request, Illinois police revoked his state firearms card. Four guns, including the AR-15 used in the shootings, were transferred to his father, a procedure allowed under Illinois law, reports the AP.

Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said Jeffrey Reinking pledged he would "keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis." A Nashville Police rep says Reinking's father "has now acknowledged giving them back" to his son. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives says it's "potentially a violation of federal law." Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said Tuesday that Reinking has been "compliant" and "cooperative" since he was transferred to the jail late Monday after he was captured near the apartment where he lived. Reinking is wearing a vest known informally as a "suicide smock" and will remain under close observation at a maximum-security facility in Nashville.


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