WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) — The Secret Service on Wednesday arrested a former Marine accused of shooting an Idaho pastor after the suspect allegedly threw objects onto the White House lawn.
Kyle Andrew Odom allegedly threw objects such as documents — including an apparent manifesto — and a computer flash drive over the White House’s South Fence.
He is accused of shooting pastor Tim Remington, 55, multiple times on Sunday in the parking lot of the Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The shooting took place one day after the pastor led a prayer at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.
Police said Odom sent similar documents to his parents and to multiple news agencies, which indicated the attack was premeditated and that another church member was targeted.
Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said the manifesto mentioned numerous members of the U.S. Congress and Israeli government officials. White did not provide further details other than to say the document did not include specific threats and that it was an “interesting read.”
Odom is expected to be charged with attempted first-degree murder, among other possible charges. Church members expect Remington to make a full recovery and said he could be out of the hospital by Thursday.
The connection between Odom, the church and the Cruz rally has not been revealed nor is it certain there is a connection.
Remington has spent years counseling inmates and is the director of Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, a faith-based organization that provides drug and alcohol treatment.