Michael Forest Reinoehl, Suspect In Murder Of Right Wing Activist In Portland, Fatally Shot By Police During Arrest
A man identified as Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was shot and killed by federal officers on Sept. 3.
Reinoehl was shot and killed at the moment of his arrest as four police officers fired their weapons in Lacey, Washington. Reineohl was being arrested for allegedly killing right-wing supporter, Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson at a Black Lives Matter protest in Portland.
Reineohl and Danielson encountered each other at a Black Lives Matter rally in Oregon City on Aug. 29 when a caravan of Trump supporters drove into the city who has been protesting against racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd, back in May.
Hours before his death, Reinoehl told Vice News he had shot Danielson in self defense.
“I had no choice. I mean I had a choice, I could’ve sat there and watch them kill a friend of color, but I wasn’t going to do that,” Reinoehl told Vice in an earlier interview.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Sept. 3 his “interest” in having have Reinoehl arrested.
Why aren’t the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron “Jay” Danielson. Do your job, and do it fast. Everybody knows who this thug is. No wonder Portland is going to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
On Sept. 4, Attorney General William Barr issued a statement in which he said “the tracking down of Reinoehl is a significant accomplishment in the ongoing effort to restore law and order to Portland and other cities.”