Police Kill Anti-Fascist Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Trump Supporter at Portland Protest

Police killed the suspect wanted in the killing of a man at a pro-Trump protest in Portland last week, The Oregonian reports.

Members of a US Marshals task force killed 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl while trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Reinoehl was wanted in the fatal shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was killed at a protest last week.

Members from four law enforcement agencies fired their weapons after they said Reinoehl produced a gun and was "threatening the lives of law enforcement."

The shooting is under investigation.

Reinoehl gave interview hours earlier:

In an interview posted hours before the killing by Vice News, Reinoehl said he was an anti-fascist but not affiliated with any antifa group.

He admitted to shooting Danielson but claimed it was in self-defense.

"Had I stepped forward, he would have maced or stabbed me," he told Vice "I am confident that my friend and I'm sure I would have been killed because I wasn't going to stand there and let something happen."

"I realized what had happened. I was confident that I did not hit anyone innocent. And I made my exit," he added.

"You know, lots of lawyers suggest that I shouldn't even be saying anything, but I feel it's important that the world at least gets a little bit of what's really going on," he said. "I had no choice. I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn't going to do that."

Reinoehl was BLM security:

Reinoehl, a frequent presence at the protests, told the outlet he provided security for some Black Lives Matter events.

“Nightly, he would break up fights,” protester Randal McCorkle told the New York Times. “He wanted change so badly.”

Protester leader Reese Monson said Reinoehl was trained in de-escalation.

“He was excellent at that,” Monson said.

“He was literally a guardian angel,” said protest organizer Teal Lindseth. “He would protect you no matter what.”


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