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Man who killed conservative activist at Portland protest riot shot as task force attempted arrest

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Michael Forest Reinoehl, a suspect in the killing of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, was fatally shot at around 10:30 PM ET Thursday in Olympia, Washington as a federal task force tried to detain him, a US Marshals Service spokesperson said. ~

Reinoehl was a main suspect in the slaying of a conservative activist during a political rally in Portland last Saturday night. He appeared to admit his role in the shooting during an interview with Vice News on Thursday. The US Marshals said a task force was attempting to arrest Michael Forest Reinoehl in Washington state. He was wanted by the Multnomah County Circuit Court on a charge of murder. The task force located him in Olympia and attempted to arrest him peacefully. “Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers. Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene,” the statement said. ~

Reinoehl regularly attended protests in Portland, and described himself as “100% ANTIFA all the way” in social media posts, referring to a loose coalition of left-wing activists who often employ violent protest tactics against groups they deem ‘fascist.’ He had been involved in a number of other incidents in Portland, where he was arrested in July for allegedly possessing a loaded gun in public. Later that month, Reinoehl was shot in the arm after intervening in an altercation near a Portland bar (RT). ~

Reinoehl regularly posted photos and videos of protests on social media including one of people chanting “F**k Trump” as someone burned a Trump 2020 flag. In the months leading up to Saturday’s fatal shooting of Danielson, Reinoehl had at least two run-ins with the law. At a July 5 protest, Reinoehl was cited for possessing a loaded handgun in a public place, interfering with police, and resisting arrest. A month earlier, Reinoehl and his son were arrested in Baker County, Oregon, just before 1 AM, for driving over 100 miles an hour in separate cars. Reinoehl was charged with driving under the influence, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while suspended, recklessly endangering another person, and reckless driving. ~

ARTICLE: CARSON CHOATE

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