Washington (AP) - The former head of the US President Donald Trump's election campaign, Brad Parscale, who was demoted in July, has been arrested by the police and taken to a psychiatric hospital.
A published report by the police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, shows that Parscale's wife Candice Parscale called the officers on Sunday because she feared her husband would attempt suicide.
After the 44-year-old, who was under the influence of alcohol, came out of his house at the request of the police, he was overwhelmed by emergency services.
The Republican Trump had replaced Parscale in mid-July by his deputy Bill Stepien.
Trump announced at the time that Parscale would remain a high-ranking advisor to the election campaign team and responsible for digital strategies.
Previously, a controversial election campaign appearance by Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because of the corona pandemic, had become a debacle because thousands of seats in the hall remained empty.
Parscale also came under fire for its campaign spending.
Trump is behind his challenger Joe Biden of the US Democrats in polls.
The election is on November 3rd.
The police report said Candice Parscale met the officers in front of the house.
She testified that Brad Parscale had loaded a gun in front of her eyes during an argument - he was drunk.
She then fled the house and then heard a loud bang.
Brad Parscale had threatened to shoot himself several times in the past week.
Police released a body camera recording of an officer talking over the phone to Parscale to come out of his home unarmed.
The recording shows how Parscale - wearing only shorts and a peaked cap and with a beer can in his hand - leaves the house.
"She started by saying all this shit," says Parscale, before the two-meter-tall man is thrown on the floor by emergency services and handcuffed behind his back.
"I haven't done anything," he calls out several times.
The police report said Candice Parscale had bruises on her arms which she said were from a previous physical altercation with her husband.
The police report also said that police had seized ten Parscale firearms.
Because of Parscale's violent behavior, because of his alcohol consumption, his agitated mental state and previous suicide threats, it was decided to take the 44-year-old to a psychiatric hospital.
The basis is a law in Florida that allows a psychiatric examination even against the will of the person concerned if this could pose a threat to himself or to others.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, "Our thoughts are with Brad and his family as we wait for all the facts to come to light."
On Sunday, according to US media, Murtaugh made attacks by Democrats and Trump-critical Republicans on Parscale jointly responsible for the incident.
"You should be ashamed of what you did to this man and his family," he said.
Trump initially did not comment on the arrest of Parscale, who had already played an important role in the successful 2016 election campaign.
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