Man Suspected of Shooting Pastor is Arrested After Throwing Flash Drive at White House: Cops
The suspect in the shooting of an Idaho pastor has been arrested in Washington after allegedly traveling 2,000 miles from the scene of the crime to give a message to the president himself.
Kyle Odom, 30, was found in the nation's capital Tuesday, where the former U.S. Marine threw items including a computer flash drive over the White House fence, NBC News reports.
Odom is believed to have somehow boarded a plane for Washington while police were on his trail for allegedly shooting Couer d'Alene pastor Tim Remington six times.
After allegedly shooting the pastor, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White told reporters that a person thought to be Odom had sent a “rambling” manifesto to media outlets.
White said the manifesto, which he called "an interesting read", was included with the items tossed over the White House fence.
The manifesto includes a list of high ranking "martians", including dozens of congress people and other officials.
The document, obtained by KHQ, also appears to heap praise on President Obama and was not believed to include specific threats against officials.
Couer d'Alene police say Odom has a history of mental illness. He was honorably discharged by the Marines after suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Prior to his arrest, he reportedly changed his Facebook profile photo to a hand drawn picture of what appears to be an alien.
Officials believe, however, that Odom had targeted a second church official in Couer D'Alene prior to gunning down Remington in the parking lot of the Altar Church on Sunday.
Hours before, Remington had prayed at a rally for presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
"However, it does appear that this was a pre-planned attack," White said Monday. "And I will tell you that some details surrounding Mr. Odom's planning are disturbing."
Remington was critically wounded but speaking to responders as he was rushed to a hospital. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.
John Padula, another pastor at Remington's church, told the AP that Remington, a married father of four, has lost feeling in his right arm.
Odom was arrested around 5:30 p.m. just outside the White House.
Odom is in custody in Washington, DC, and will eventually be extradited back to Coeur d'Alene to face attempted murder charges after the Secret Service completes their investigation.