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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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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • JR
    Posted: Fri, 09/04/2020 08:42 am

    It is truly unfortunate that this happened. We needed to see this in a court, with a jury.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 09/04/2020 01:57 pm

    Not sure Danielson could have gotten a fair trial in Portland.

    Posted: Sat, 09/05/2020 02:18 pm

    Big Jim, are you writing with "tongue in cheek" and I'm missing it? Or do you mean that Michael Forest Reinoehl probably wouldn't have received a fair trial in Portland if he had been taken alive? I think that if either one of the men had lived, neither would have received a fair trial in Portland -- Danielson for being on the street, or Reinoehl for killing Danielson.