The man suspected of fatally shooting four people at a Waffle House in Nashville was arrested on Monday, announced the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
On Sunday, Travis Reinking, 29, reportedly used an AR-15 rifle to terrorize a group of late diners at the restaurant chain around 3 a.m. on Sunday.
According to police, Reinking was captured on Monday afternoon in a wooded area near the apartment complex where he lived. Police were given an anonymous tip from the public, which aided in them bringing their manhunt to an end.
Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville police told reporters Reinking was found carrying a backpack that contained a handgun, ammunition and a holster, according to the New York Times.
This arrest is not Reinking's first run-in with the law. The suspect had his guns taken away from him on at least two other occasions—one of which involved the Secret Service.
In June 2017, Reinking was seen wearing a dress and carrying a rifle near his father’s business. At the time, Reinking lived in an apartment unit just above the business. After an employee of the business saw Reinking wielding a gun in a pink dress, he drove off in his truck to a public pool.
While at the pool, Reinking took off his clothes as swam around. Although the gun remained in his car, officers with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office advised Reinking’s father to take his weapons while he sought mental assistance.
The second time his guns were seized took place after he was arrested in July 2017 after he breached a White House security barrier and told the U.S. Secret Service he wanted to meet with President Trump.
As a result of his arrest, the FBI, Secret Service as well as local law enforcement removed firearms from Reinking’s possession, Matthew Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Nashville office, told CNN.
A month later, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office seized four firearms and ammunition from Reinking's apartment. The officers gave the weapons and ammo to Reinking's father, who promised he would not give them back to his son.
Despite his promise, investigators now believe Jeffrey Reinking returned the guns to his son, including the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that was recovered from the shooting scene at the Waffle House.
(Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images)
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