Officers kill suspected Portland gunman
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/04/20, 03:51 am
A federal task force shot and killed suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl after he pulled a weapon as they attempted to arrest him Thursday in Lacey, Wash., according to Thurston County, Wash., Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Brady. Reinoehl was a suspect in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson during a clash Saturday between Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore. Officers obtained a warrant to arrest Reinoehl and tracked him down to an apartment in Lacey.
Who was Reinoehl? The 48-year-old described himself on social media as “100% ANTIFA” and regularly attended protests in Portland. On July 5, police cited him for possessing a loaded gun in a public place and interfering with police. On July 26, he was shot near his elbow as he dived into a scuffle between an armed white man and a group of people of color. In an interview with Vice Thursday, Reinoehl said he acted in self-defense in Saturday’s shooting.
Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s analysis of the Portland protests.
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