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Metro Nashville Police held a press conference at 3 p.m. ET, on April 23, 2018. The plan was to discuss the arrest of Travis Reinking, the Waffle House shooter.
Reinking was arrested behind the apartment complex where he was last seen. He was along the wood line area behind the apartments.
Earlier on Monday, a resident found an empty laptop case near the road. Police believed it belonged to the Waffle House shooter. There was nothing in the bag save a handwritten ID card with Reinking’s name written on it.
The police were not sure if the shooter dropped or discarded it before or after the shooting. It is believed Reinking has been in the area since Saturday night.
After he was taken into custody, Reinking refused to make a statement. According to police, he requested a lawyer.
First, police took Reinking to the hospital to be checked out. After a trip to the hospital, he will be taken to the Nashville jail. He will be booked on four counts of criminal homicide.
A citizen’s tip led police to the Waffle House shooter. Shortly after receiving the tip, 29-year-old Reinking was captured while walking through the woods.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson stated, “It’s a community effort, this would not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the community, and it was a citizen’s tip that led to this apprehension.”
When Reinking was captured, he was armed and carrying a flashlight. He was armed with a silver Kimber semi-automatic weapon with .45 caliber ammunition. His wallet with his Colorado ID was in his backpack, according to police.
Written by Jeanette Smith
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