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Waffle House Suspect From Morton Arrested

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UPDATED 1:40 p.m. | Authorities say the suspect in a quadruple homicide at a Waffle House in Nashville has been arrested.

Metropolitan Nashville Police announced Monday on Twitter that Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, was taken into custody not far from his apartment. Photos posted by police in Nashville showed him clothed and in a police car.

Police and agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol had mounted a massive manhunt following the slayings early Sunday.

Police say Reinking was nearly naked and brandishing an assault-style rifle when he opened fire in the parking lot and then stormed the restaurant. Four people killed, four others were injured.

Meanwhile, the Tazewell County sheriff says Reinking's state firearms card was revoked last year by state police, but his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn't be shared with his son. Police say Reinking was from Morton but moved to Nashville in 2017.

Sheriff Robert Huston in Tazewell County said his department has "no information" on how Reinking got the weapons again. Huston said Reinking's father has a valid firearm ownership card, and his officers didn't believe they had any authority to seize the weapons. He said the father agreed to "keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis."

Phone calls to an Illinois phone number for Jeffrey Reinking, the father of the suspect, went unanswered.

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