• Travis Reinking: How police captured the Waffle House murder suspect

    By: Greg Coy

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House outside of Nashville has been arrested.

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    Reinking has been at the center of a state-wide manhunt for 32 hours until he was caught just a few hours ago in the woods near his apartment.  

    Nashville police confirmed the 29-year-old was taken into custody early Monday afternoon. They tweeted these photos of him in the back of a cop car.

    In a news conference, police said they received a call about a man matching Reinking's description going into a wooded area. When officers arrived, nearby workers pointed them in the direction where the man was seen walking.

    Officers entered the wooded area and walked along pathways.

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    One of the detectives came across a man. When that man turned around, the detective realized it was Reinking.

    Police said the detective drew his gun and ordered Reinking to get on the ground. Other officers quickly surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody.

    Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville Police Department told FOX13, “the suspect turned around and Detective Williams say his face and realize that was he was looking for.”

    The 29 -year old Reinking looked tired but had clothes, a backpack and identification when Nashville

    Police caught him.  He surrendered without confrontation but could have put up a violent fight.

    “When they looked into the backpack they say a semi-automatic weapon with 45 caliber ammunition,” said Lt. Lara.

    Reinking slipped through a law enforcement drag net of nearly two hundred police, deputies, and federal agents. He was able to walk back to his apartment to get clothes and other items.

    The reason why he opened fire at this Nashville area Waffle House is still under investigation.  

    Reinking was wearing a backpack, which was cut off once he was handcuffed. Inside, police found a Kimber semi-automatic handgun with .45 caliber ammunition.

    A wallet was also inside the backpack, and police used the ID to confirm the man was Reinking.

    “He immediately asked for a lawyer and refused to make a statement,” said Don Aaron Nashville Police Spokesman.

    For people who work and live near the mass shooting, the capture brought relief. 

    Now begins the healing for a community caught in terror, the victims and their families.  

    Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley said, “We need to move on as community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future.”

    The 29-year-old was taken to a hospital to be examined. He has been booked in the Nashville jail on four murder charges, according to police.He is being held on $2 million bond. 
     

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