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Police and federal officials have released new details following the shooting death of Michael Reinoehl, the man suspected of gunning down a member of the conservative Patriot Prayer organization in Portland last week.
According to authorities, police from a federal task force that was headed by the FBI and the U.S. Marshal Service were set up on Reinoehl outside an apartment complex in Lacey, Wash., located about 120 miles north of Portland.
Police said Reinoehl, 48, left the building around 7:30 p.m. local time, officials told Fox News.
In a press release, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Ray Brady said sources identified Reinoehl as he left the building and went to a nearby station wagon. Officers fired at the vehicle in an effort to stop him from escaping, officials said, adding that federal agents “attempted to peacefully arrest him.”
As officers pulled up in their vehicles, the suspect tried to run away while pulling out a firearm, Brady said in the release. At that point, officers fired on and struck the suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Video show part of the scene below. Viewer discretion advised:
A pair of witnesses told The Olympian they saw two SUVs pull up to a man who was believed to be Reinoehl, who was seated inside a car. The suspect opened fire on the officers using what they said appeared to be a military-style rifle.
The witnesses said that between 40 and 50 shots were fired at the officers before they fired back.
At a news conference later, Brady said that four officers operating on behalf of the U.S. Marshals shot at Reinoehl, but at that point, it was not immediately clear how many rounds were fired in total.
Reinoehl became the primary suspect in the shooting death of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, in Portland last weekend.
Brady said it did not appear that Reinoehl lived at the address where he was staying. He added that it’s not clear what brought him to the small Washington city located about 80 miles southwest of Seattle.
In a video that went immediately went viral, a man later identified as likely being Reinoehl is seen firing two shots at Danielson, who died from his wounds on the street.
His friend, Chandler Pappas, said in an interview shortly afterward that he and Danielson were “hunted down” by self-avowed Antifa supporter Reinoehl and others after being identified as Patriot Prayer supporters by the caps they were wearing.
“It escalated to the point that they executed my partner,” the man says. “They hunted him down, they hunted us down, they recognized our Patriot Prayer hats.”
Before being shot and killed by officers, Reinoehl gave an interview to VICE News from an undisclosed location, claiming, in essence, that he did kill Danielson but it was allegedly in response to saving a friend “of color.”
“I had no choice,” Reinoehl told Vice. “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.”
He also told VICE he “was confident that [he] did not hit anyone innocent.”
Disturbingly, Reinoehl’s Antifa comrades are lifting him up as a hero and a murder victim, despite evidence appearing to show that he was the catalyst in a cold-blooded execution:
What’s disturbing to me is the message that calls Reinoehl the “best ally ever.” Not only do antifa not rebuke his murderous actions, they praise it over & over.
Antifa also put up a poster nearby featuring quotes from convicted murderer & fugitive Assata Shakur. pic.twitter.com/4EdZ8fsYA5
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020
Portland Police rush out to clear #antifa rioters at the Kelly Penumbra police building. People there have been mourning the death of Portland antifa Michael Reinoehl, who killed Aaron Danielson last weekend. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/eTuAmmzGDb
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020
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