US police have arrested four people – one allegedly a white supremacist – in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama on Thursday night during his acceptance speech in Denver.
One of the suspects reportedly told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle sighted at 750 yards”, according to Denver TV station CBS4.
The four – believed to be three men and one woman – were now being held on drugs or weapons charges, CBS4 said.
According to the TV station, one of the suspects “was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama … [and] he responded in the affirmative.”
The plot began to unravel on Sunday morning after police arrested a 28-year-old man for driving his truck erratically.
Police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licences in the names of other people and methamphetamine, CBS4 said.
One of the rifles was stolen from Kansas.[mashshare]