Secret Service Swarms in to Protect Donald Trump

Secret Service Swarms in to Protect Donald Trump

Secret Service Swarms in to Protect Donald Trump After Scare in Reno 11/5/16

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By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For In Reno, Nevada

The Donald is rushed off the stage by Secret Service while speaking during Reno rally after a ‘Republicans against Trump’ protester causes chaos in the crowd over fears he had a gun.

Secret Service agents rushed Donald Trump offstage on Saturday evening during a rally in Reno, Nevada after they determined a protester in the audience might  pose a threat to the Republican presidential candidate.

‘Go! Go!’ agents shouted as they whisked Trump away and a combination of local police and private security wrestled Austyn Crites, 33, to the ground in the front of the crowd.

Crites identifies as a Republican who supports Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to his Facebook page.

A senior Trump campaign official told that the suspect, whom rally-goers already identified as an anti-Trump protester, caused a panic when he reached into his waistband.

At that point, the campaign official said, a voice called out: ‘He’s got a gun!’

Trump’s protective detail sprang into action, pulling him offstage as a sea of bodies scattered, screams rang out and authorities dragged Crites away as he kicked and strained.

The U.S. Secret Service said in a statement that ‘a commotion’ had occurred ‘in the crowd immediately in front of the stage’ and ‘an unidentified individual shouted, “gun”.’

‘Secret Service agents and Reno police officers immediately apprehended the subject.

Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found,’ the statement added.

Authorities never confirmed early reports that Crites or any civilians at the rally had a firearm.

One witness told that a holstered gun was spotted on the hip of a plainclothes officer, adding to the confusion.

Just before the fracas, Trump could be seen shielding his eyes from the lights in order to peer into the crowd as a struggle broke out.

Three agents then stormed the stage and hustled the Republican presidential candidate away.

Crites, who has since been released, appeared on local newscasts saying he had merely been holding a sign that read ‘Republicans Against Trump.’

When he reached into his waistband, however, police and good Samaritans took the man down.

UPDATE: The dailymail has updated/changed their article since it was posted here on 11/5/2016.
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