Federal agents kill alleged murderer of Trump fan

Federal agents shoot down suspect in killing Trump fan in Portland. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was killed when a federal task force tried to a...

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  • Federal agents shoot down suspect in killing Trump fan in Portland.
  • Michael Reinoehl, 48, was killed when a federal task force tried to arrest him in Lacey, Washington.
  • He was the prime suspect in the death of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night.

Federal agents shoot down suspect in killing a Trump fan in Portland, according to AP.

A man suspected of shoot and kill a follower of a far-right group in Portland, Oregon, following a caravan of Donald Trump supporters through the city last week, was killed Thursday as investigators tried to arrest him, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) said for its acronym in English).

The man, Michael Reinoehl, 48, was killed when a federal task force tried to arrest him in Lacey, Washington, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Portland.

The federal agent fired at Reinoehl when he “pulled out a gun,” a Justice Department source told the Post, saying that members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Marshals Service participated in the operation.

Reinoehl was the prime suspect in the death of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, who was shot in the chest on Saturday night, a senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press.

Federal agents from the FBI and USMS had located Reinoehl on Thursday after issuing a warrant for his arrest.

During their meeting, Reinoehl was shot by an agent who is part of the group, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it in public.

Both the USMS and the source said that Reinoehl drew a weapon during his meeting with authorities.

The USMS Fugitive Task Force, which is made up of sheriffs, other federal and local agents from a number of agencies, is responsible for catching violent criminals and other suspects wanted by authorities.

Thurston County Police Chief Lt. Ray Brady said four members of the task force fired their guns. Investigators have not yet determined how many shots were fired, he added.

Trump fan murderer killed: suspect federal agents killed

An agent works at the site where a man suspected of shooting and killing a supporter of a far-right group in Portland, Oregon, a week earlier, was killed by investigators as they tried to arrest him, on September 3, 2020, in Lacey, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted Warren)

Trump fan murderer killed: suspect federal agents killed

The suspect was alone at the time of the shooting, Brady said, noting that he did not believe that was his residence and that why he was in Lacey was not clear at the moment.

In social media posts, Reinoehl had described himself as “100% ANTIFA”, suggesting that the counter-protesters’ tactics amounted to a “war”. In July he was shot at one protest and a citation for carrying a weapon in another. He was a regular at protests against racism in Portland.

Reinoehl, 48, linked to the anarchist movement Antifa, was suspected of having shot dead Aaron J. Danielson, 39, a Trump supporter and member of the far-right movement Patriot Prayer, who clashed with those who were they were demonstrating in Portland against racial injustice, according to EFE.

Shortly after the New York Times published the information about Reinoehl’s death, Trump tweeted precisely about that case, but did not appear to have heard the news yet, asking why the Portland Police do not ARREST the cold-blooded killer by Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson ”.

In an interview published this Thursday by Vice News, Reinoehl seemed to admit that he had killed Danielson, assuring that he had “no other choice” and that he acted in self-defense, because he believed that the Trump supporter was going to stab him already. a friend.

“I could have just sat there and watched a friend of mine from another race get killed. But I wasn’t going to do that, ”said Reinoehl, who was white.

Trump fan murderer killed: suspect federal agents killed

The left-wing activist, who defined himself as “100% Antifa,” was a frequent participant in protests this summer in Portland, one of the cities where there has been the most active and sometimes violent mobilization against racism after the murder. of African American George Floyd in May in Minneapolis.

Reinoehl told a journalist weeks ago that he often acted as “security” at protests, and in early July he was arrested for carrying a loaded pistol at a demonstration, although he was later released.

The activist was never formally charged with Danielson’s murder, and Portland Police said Thursday that they were still investigating the incident.

“They do, sir. Michael Forest Reinoehl will never again be a threat to society, ”reports a Trump supporter in the president’s Twitter thread.

Trump fan murderer killed: suspect federal agents killed

Trump fan murderer killed: suspect federal agents killed

That event came after a caravan of Trump supporters and Patriot Prayer far-rightists toured Portland over the weekend and clashed with anti-racism protesters, shooting them with buckshot and paint bullets.

The incident gave wings to Trump’s “law and order” discourse, which has profiled the protesters as “anarchists” and “criminals,” without distinguishing between the majority who demonstrate peacefully and the minority who have participated in altercations. or riots.

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