OPINION – Investigators in Lacey, WA on Thursday have reportedly killed the self-proclaimed ANTIFA man who was suspected of murdering Patriot Prayer activist Aaron “Jay” Danielson last week in Portland.
Law enforcement officers from a federal task force led by the FBI and U.S. Marshal Service were conducting surveillance outside an apartment complex in Lacey, Wash., roughly 120 miles north of Portland, on Thursday, when Reinoehl left the building at approximately 7:30 p.m., officials and law enforcement sources told Fox News.
A Washington-based law enforcement source told Fox News four officers had learned that Reinoehl was inside an apartment located within the complex and were waiting for a SWAT team to arrive to arrest Reinoehl when he came out of the house and got into a car. The officers decided to immediately make a traffic stop, the source said.
As they did so, Reinoehl moved a short distance, before stopping and exiting his vehicle, according to the source.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Brady said the suspect, identified by sources as Reinoehl, said officers initially shot at the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. Federal agents had “attempted to peacefully arrest him,” different sources told Fox News.
As Reinoehl fled on foot, he allegedly pulled out a gun, Brady said in a press release. Officers then shot at and struck Reinoehl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Statement from US Marshals:
GRAPHIC: Lacey, Wash. resident records the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Portland antifa militant Michael Reinoehl. Video: Jashon Spencer pic.twitter.com/ZwEvERzEHa
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020
The suspected killer, Michael Reinoehl, gave an interview with VICE that was released on Twitter on Thursday, while he was hiding from police and an active warrant for his arrest.
"I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn't going to do that." https://t.co/jIdEIvtZv6
— VICE (@VICE) September 3, 2020
In the interview, Reinoehl claimed that he felt shooting Danielson was an act of self-defense–even though it appears in some witness videos that it was Reinoehl who was the aggressor in the altercation, and Reinoehl said on record after the incident, “Had I stepped forward, he would have maced or stabbed me”–indicating that he seemingly could have just walked away from Danielson to avoid the confrontation in the first place.
Reinoehl told VICE that he also believed right-wing activists to be working with local police, so he did not trust police, and refused to turn himself in.
In his rambling, Reinoehl proudly professed his support for the left-wing extremist organization known as ANTIFA–an organization that President Donald J. Trump has publicly labeled as an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR“.
“‘I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!’ he posted on Instagram in June, referring to a loose collection of activists that have mobilized to oppose groups they see as fascist or racist. ‘I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa truly stands for. We do not want violence but we will not run from it either!'”
R.I.P. Aaron “Jay” Danielson
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