The officer, McDonald described, then rolled the assailant over onto his stomach as his hands were strung behind his back.
“It was serious, it was very serious.”
An officer placed his knee on the suspect’s shoulder, pinning him as he was handcuffed. Saadallah was “very quiet”, he said, as he was walked into a police van, who was “just sitting there, looking into space”.
Who was Khairi Saadallah?
Khairi Saadallah was, according to several national security sources, from Libya and was, for a time, on the radar of MI5, Britain’s domestic security agency, The Guardian reported.
Intelligence alleged he had aspirations to travel for extremist purposes, although his plans then came to nothing and the investigation quickly closed.
He was a quiet man, those who knew him have said. An image of a man mired by mental health troubles, Saadallah fled Libyra amid the throes of the civil war.
Official documents framed Saadallah’s biography as one of struggled with debt, homelessness and alcohol misuse. He lived in temporary accommodation in a block of flats on Basingstoke Road.
Saadallah remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder. Authorities re-arrested him under terrorism laws.
Reading remember the three victims of the terror attack as ‘proud’ members of the LGBT+ community.
David Wails, 49, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, and James Furlong, 36, all lost their lives in the attack.
Furlong was a school teacher in the area, described by friends as a “proud gay man” who “wanted equality for all”.
Ritchie-Bennett was an American who had lost his husband to cancer just over five years ago.
Ritchie-Bennett’s father, Robert Ritchie, called the Reading attack “senseless” in an interview with CBS News.
“The family is heartbroken they have lost their brilliant and loving son,” added Ritchie senior.
Wails was a scientist who always “made people smile”.
Stunned residents of Readings have delivered heartfelt tributes to the three victims, while community leaders rally to raise funds for a memorial in Forbury Gardens.
Reading Pride chief executive Martin Cooper said in a statement sent to PinkNews that the three victims were not only friends of Reading Pride, but friends of his own.
“The individuals taken were personal friends of mine,” he wrote.
“They were supporters of Reading as a community and of Reading Pride. James, Joe, and David were true gentlemen. Each with their own unique personality.
“They were regulars of the Blagrave, a community pub, whose regulars will be in mourning
“They were a support network for individuals, and I know they will be sorely missed by many.”