An Antifa sympathizer suspected in the fatal shooting of a Patriot Prayer supporter in Portland, Oregon last month was reportedly killed Thursday evening as authorities moved in to arrest him.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, died in Lacey, Washington, outside Seattle, during an operation by a federal task force on refugees, the New York Times reported.
Reinoehl’s death was also confirmed by a senior Justice Department official, according to The Associated Press. The suspect was shot dead by law enforcement after drawing a gun on officials, the AP report said.
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The task force consisted of staff from the FBI and the US Marshals Service.
Portland Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Reinhoel earlier in the day when investigating the fatal shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, on August 29, on a night that President Trump supporters met with Black Lives Matter supporters clashed movement in Oregon’s largest city.
The previous Thursday, Reinoehl was quoted in an interview on the vice website and claimed he was a tagged man.
“They are on the hunt for me,” said 48-year-old Reinoehl, father of two, to an independent reporter in the interview published by Vice on Thursday.
“There are night posts hunting and where they will hunt. You wrote a post saying that the deer will be lucky this year because it is an open season for Michael. “
Reinoehl told journalist Donovan Farley in an interview that he hadn’t regretted firing his gun last weekend.
“I was confident that I hadn’t hit anyone innocently and I made my exit,” he said.
Prior to Thursday’s prosecution, claims that Reinoehl was a person interested in Danielson’s shooting came from Reinoehl’s sister and an anonymous law enforcement agency, both of whom spoke to the Wall Street Journal this week.
Reinoehl has been a frequent participant in the Portland nighttime protests that have taken place since George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 – and has reportedly been involved in several confrontations.
Among other things: Reinoehl suffered a gunshot wound in July while trying to wrest a weapon from a stranger and was also cited for allegedly taking a loaded weapon to a protest on July 5, the Oregonian reported.
On July 26, he was wounded in a fight in a park in downtown Portland.
On the evening of the Danielson shooting, Reinoehl said in a vice interview that he tried to help a friend who was confronted by Trump supporters. He said a man threatened him and his friend with a knife.
“If I had stepped forward, he would have stabbed or stabbed me,” claimed Reinoehl.
Videos recorded by viewers appear to show a man who resembles Reinoehl and fires two shots at Danielson and then walks away, the vice report said.
In an online post on June 16, Reinoehl described himself as “100% ANTIFA all the way!”
“Every revolution needs people who are ready and willing to fight,” he wrote, according to The Oregonian. “There are so many of us protesters who just protest without having a clue where this is going. This is just the beginning where the fight begins. When that is as far as you can, thank you for participating, but please stand aside and support those who are ready to fight. I am 100% ANTIFA! I am ready to fight for my brothers and sisters! … We don’t want violence, but we won’t run away either! … Today’s demonstrators and Antifa are my brothers in arms. “
Earlier this week, a friend of Danielson’s alleged that Danielson was “executed” and “hunted” for his conservative views.
Chandler Pappas told The Common Sense Converstive that he was dating Danielson as part of the Patriot Prayer group in downtown Portland on Saturday when counter-protesters arrived in the area. The two groups quickly got into tense arguments that escalated to violence.
“We have a first change in the country,” Pappas told the news site. “And for whatever reason, there seems to be this opposition that thinks we can’t. They’ve been attacking us for years. Really for decades in the grand scheme of things, but very hard in Portland.”
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Pappas claimed he and Danielson were targeted for wearing Patriot prayer hats.
“It takes a second to process everything that happened. ‘Did he just shoot me?'” Pappas said as he stood in front of a Blue Lives Matter flag. “I’m fine. I turn around and Jay is dead because he believed otherwise. Jay is not a racist, not a xenophobia or whatever. He is not an ‘is’ or an ‘ism’.”
“You executed my partner,” he said. “You chased him.”
Around the same time that news of Reinoehl’s death came out Thursday night, President Trump tweeted his frustration that police had not yet arrested Danielson’s death.
“Why don’t the Portland Police arrest the cold-blooded murderer of Aaron” Jay “Danielson,” the president wrote. “Do your job and do it fast. Everyone knows who that thug is. No wonder Portland is going to Hell!”
Louis Casiano of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this story.