The US marshals said a task force was trying to arrest Michael Forest Reinoehl in Washington state. He was wanted by the Multnomah County Circuit Court for murder.
“Reinoehl was allegedly involved in a shooting incident on August 29th in Portland, Oregon, that resulted in death,” said US Marshal.
The task force located him in Olympia and tried to arrest him peacefully.
“Initial reports suggest the suspect manufactured a firearm that threatens the lives of law enforcement officers. Task force members responded to the threat and beat the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene,” the statement said.
None of the task force members were injured.
“You know, a lot of lawyers suggest that I shouldn’t even say anything, but I think it’s important that the world get at least a little bit of what’s really going on,” said Reinoehl. “I didn’t have a choice. I mean, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of my color. But I wouldn’t.”
In the interview with freelance journalist Donovan Farley, Reinoehl said he drove downtown on Saturday night to provide “security” after seeing a caravan of hundreds of Trump supporters marching through town in vehicles. He described himself as “100 percent anti-fascist” even though he was not a member of an anti-fascist group.
Danielson, who was a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, was shot in the chest during the confrontation and died.
After the shooting, Reinoehl said he realized what had happened and “was confident that I hadn’t hit anyone innocently”. Then he left the scene feeling “completely justified” [that] Had I not acted, I would be confident that my friend and I am sure that I would have been killed. “
Reinoehl said he decided to speak up because “there was a lot of propaganda going on there”.
“They tried to make it look like we were all terrorists. And they are trying to make me look like a murderer,” he said.
The interview was aired when officers arrested him in Lacey, Washington, according to a federal law enforcement agency familiar with the incident.
President Trump tweets about suspects
President Trump, apparently responding to the interview, tweeted shortly after the broadcast, “Why don’t the Portland police arrest the cold-blooded killer of Aaron” Jay “Danielson? Do your job and do it quickly. Everyone knows who this thug is is no wonder Portland is going to Hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI “
Reinoehl regularly posted photos and videos of protests on social media in June and early July, including a person singing “F ** k Trump” when someone burned a Trump 2020 flag.
And in the months leading up to the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Danielson on Saturday, Reinoehl had at least two violations of the law.
In a protest on July 5, Reinoehl was quoted as having a loaded pistol in a public place, disrupting police and resisting arrest. Police said they had confiscated a Walther PPQ semi-automatic pistol as evidence. In a statement, the Multnomah District Attorney’s Office said that the incident is still under investigation and that “we have neither refused nor refused to prosecute this case.”
A month earlier, Reinoehl and his 17-year-old son were arrested just before 1 a.m. in Baker County, Oregon, according to Oregon State Police. The two were stopped on June 8 by an Oregon State Trooper and a deputy county sheriff for driving over 100 mph in separate cars on Interstate 84, which runs east of Portland, the record-breaking state.
Reinoehl was accused of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, improperly possessing a firearm (a loaded Glock pistol), driving while being suspended, another person (his daughter who was a passenger in his car) To have recklessly endangered and driven recklessly. Reinoehl’s son was arrested for DUI and a gun.
The cases remain active, said state police. Baker County Circuit Court officials said Reinoehl is wanted for a no-show on these charges. Neither Reinoehl, his son, nor a legal representative could be reached to comment on the charges.
The suspect blamed people who opposed protests for the violence
Meanwhile, Reinoehl posted comments on social media that fluctuated between rejecting violence and using violence. Calling the months-long protests against police violence in Portland a struggle for his country, he said, “Now is the time to change the course of humanity.”
Reinoehl described in a video interview published July 27 with Bloomberg Quick Take News that he was implicated in a previous clash with counter-demonstrators, although the incident was not verified by CNN.
In this video, he blamed the people who opposed the protests for the violence, saying, “It’s escalating to a point where they’re trying to disturb us in any way, that’s illegal. They’re shooting at us. They are I send people to start fighting … it’s war, that’s something they’ve been doing overseas for years and years and years and years; but now they’re doing it to us. ”
Describing himself as an army experience – although the U.S. Army said they couldn’t find a record of his service – Reinoehl said he worked as a professional snowboarder and contractor. In the video, he said he was providing security to Black Lives Matter protesters.
In a photo in one of his own posts, Reinoehl pulled up his shirt to reveal what he called: “Today’s battle scar thanks to a nasty beanbag that was shot at me from 20 feet away.” When someone warned in a text message about an allegedly armed “Patriot” group, which is expected to counter-protest on July 4th, Reinoehl replied: “Thank you, my friend, we are ready.”
“Every revolution needs people who are ready and willing to fight,” he said in an Instagram post on June 16, adding, “I am 100% ANTIFA! I am ready to fight for my brothers and sisters. Even if some of them. ” You are too ignorant to see what Antifa really stands for. We don’t want violence, but we won’t run away either! “
He also spoke about confrontations with the police, saying, “If the police continue to catch and beat innocent citizens who peacefully express their objections, they must do so with equal force!” He said, “We really have an opportunity now to fix everything … it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and as with all wars there will be sacrifices.”
According to a family member, Reinoehl had been estranged from his family. Reinoehl said that Reinoehl had “clinging to the male mentality”. Family members became aware of the August 29 shooting after receiving a threatening text message on Sunday, the relative said.
“We woke up with death threats, that’s how we found out. We got messages all day yesterday. Some said ‘blood for blood’, another said our whole family was in danger and ‘someone has to die’.” one to the spouse of the family member with “a photo of me and the text” Patriot Prayer says hello, “said the family member.
When they called the police to report the threats, they were asked to identify photos of Reinoehl, the family member added.
CNN’s Josh Campbell and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.