NEVADA, U.S. - In a dramatic turn of events on Saturday night, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ran into a scare at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada. Trump was seen being ...
• Trump was speaking at Reno in Nevada in his third rally on Saturday
• Secret Service agents were seen covering and taking Trump off stage
• No weapon was found and the suspect was identified as 33-year-old, Austyn Crites
NEVADA, U.S. - In a dramatic turn of events on Saturday night, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ran into a scare at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada.
Trump was seen being whisked away by Secret Service agents mid-sentence while speaking to an audience after someone from the crowd reportedly yelled 'gun.'
Even as Trump tried to avoid the glare from the stage light to see what the commotion was all about - agents were seen grabbing him and escorting him off stage.
As agents took Trump off stage, both the local police and private security guards bore down on a man, later identified as 33-year-old, Austyn Crites, who fought with the officers, trying to break loose before being dragged to the ground in front of the crowd.
He was later led into a bathroom, away from the crowd, by Secret Service agents and armed SWAT officers carrying assault rifles. While many of the officers rushed inside to avoid an untoward incident - several others stood guard at the door while officials investigated the man and checked for weapons.
In an official statement a Secret Service spokesperson said that an "unidentified individual" shouted "gun" in the audience, though no weapon was found after a "thorough search."
Moments after Crites was taken away, Trump returned to the stage to complete his speech.
Witnesses said that commotion began when one of the supporters raised a sign, leading to a scuffle and that the incident, even though handled swiftly by officers, had left many Trump supporters confused and scared.
According to reports, 47-year-old Michael Newton, a resident of Santa Rosa, California shot a video of the incident and told reporters that he had seen a man holding a sign, advancing towards the stage.
Newton said, “He had something on his belly. I don’t know what it was. Somebody yelled 'gun' and everyone jumped on him. My friend put his knee on his head, but he kept getting up.”
Before returning to his speech, Trump said, “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped. We will never be stopped. I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic."
The nominee even issued an official statement post the incident that said, “I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Nevada for their fast and professional response. I also want to thank the many thousands of people present for their unwavering and unbelievable support. Nothing will stop us - we will make America great again!”
This is not the first time such a commotion is breaking out at a Trump rally.
Earlier this year, in March, Secret Service agent had rushed into action to shield the candidate after a man tried to invade the stage in Ohio, during a rally in Dayton.
Then, in June, a British man, identified as Michael Sandford was arrested at a rally in Las Vegas after he tried to grab a police gun. The man had told officers that he planned to use the gun to shoot Trump.
Even though the Secret Services said that they had launched a probe, some reports claimed that the man has since been released.