Federal Task Force Kills Portland Shooting Suspect, Claims He “Resisted Arrest”
The Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon, turned deadly on August 29th when Michael Forest Reinoehl fatally shot of Aaron J. Danielson in the downtown area after a Trump Car Rally drove through protestors and shot at them with paintballs. Reinoehl, 48, was a regular at downtown protests this summer and identified himself on Instagram as “100% Antifa.”
Vice News aired an interview in which Reinoehl confessed to shooting Danielson but claimed it was self-defense. Danielson was participating in a motorcade of hundreds of Trump supporters who rallied in Clackamas County and later swung through downtown. It’s still unclear how he and Reineohl encountered each other, but Reinoehl admitted to shooting Danielson after he pulled out a knife during a heated argument. Federal officers shot and killed Reinoehl at his home in Lacey, Washington Thursday night as they moved in to arrest him.
Antifacist activist Michael Reinoehl was killed by police as they attempted to arrest him near Seattle, hours after he gave VICE News an interview in which he appeared to admit that he shot and killed a right-wing protester. https://t.co/SgMVu4Wgug
— VICE News (@VICENews) September 4, 2020
The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that its task force killed Reinoehl. “The Portland Police Bureau had issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the day and asked the U.S. Marshals to locate and apprehend the suspect,” said U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew J. Wade in a statement. “The fugitive task force located Reinoehl in Olympia and attempted to peacefully arrest him. Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers. Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The Associated Press and KOMO-TV also confirmed Reinoehl was dead. Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza told The Olympian that a U.S. Marshals Service task force fatally shot a man near Lacey. Snaza said the man left an apartment and produced a gun.
The Portland Police Bureau has received criticism in the past for assisting members of the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer even before the BLM protests had begun. No video of the arrest has been made available to the public.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.