Suspect in Idaho pastor shooting arrested near White House

Man suspected of shooting Idaho pastor who led prayers at campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrested near White House

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

US Secret Service said Kyle Odom threw "unknown material" over the south fence at the White House.

The US Secret Service has confirmed that Kyle Odom - a man suspected of repeatedly shooting and wounding an Idaho pastor last week - was arrested by police outside the White House on Tuesday.

Odom, a 30-year-old former marine, is accused of shooting and wounding pastor Tim Remington in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Remington was shot six times outside his church in Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, only one day after leading the prayer at a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. 

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said the suspect was arrested at about 5:30 pm on Tuesday without incident. 

"I think everyone can breathe a good sigh of relief that at least this part of the case has come to a conclusion," White said.

A database search showed that Odom had been wanted for a while for first-degree murder by Coeur d'Alene police.

"It does appear that this was a pre-planned attack," White said .

"And I will tell you that some details surrounding Mr. Odom's planning are disturbing."

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department believes that Odom probably has an unspecified mental illness.

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