The former boss of the Waffle House shooting suspect reportedly begged authorities to keep him behind bars when he was arrested for trying to jump the White House fence last year.
Travis Reinking, 29, is believed to have opened fire in a Tennessee Waffle House Sunday, killing four and injuring another four. In light of the carnage, Colorado crane company co-owner Darlene Sustrich told the Associated Press that she told Secret Service agents to “hang onto him” and get to him help following July’s arrest.
According to CNN, Reinking demanded that Secret Service allow him to meet with President Donald Trump. The incident reportedly led the FBI and Secret Service to coordinate with local law enforcement to seize Reinking’s guns. At the time, he was living in an apartment above his father’s crane company in Tremont, Illinois, the network reported.
While Reinking’s guns were turned over to his father, Jeff Reinking, investigators suspect the father returned the guns to his son. Police said one of those firearms—an AR-15 style weapon—was recovered from Sunday’s crime scene.
Tyler was a crane operator at Ken and Darlene’s Sustrich’s Colorado-based company for six months. They said Tyler abruptly quit as they passed through Last Chance, Colorado, after completing a work assignment.
“He misconstrued that was his last chance,” Ken said. “He got super-paranoid, and he quit that day. He said, ‘This is my last chance.’”
Ken said he spoke with Tyler’s father about his son’s mental health following the White House incident. Jeff claimed he was aware of Tyler’s mental health issues and said he was trying to “rekindle” their relationship, Ken said.
Reports indicated that authorities are determining whether Jeff will be charged for allegedly giving the seized guns back to his son.
Meanwhile, the shooting suspect is being held at the Hill Detention Center on four counts of criminal homicide. On Tuesday, a judge revoked Reinking’s $2 million bail.
[Featured Image: Travis Reinking/Nashville Police Department]