Law enforcement shot and killed the antifa supporter under investigation in the deadly shooting of a right-wing Portland protester while trying to arrest him

  • The alleged antifa supporter who killed a right-wing protester in Portland was killed as officers tried to arrest him on Thursday night, The New York Times reported. 
  • Michael Forest Reinoehl was under investigation for the August killing of Aaron Danielson, a right-wing protester. 
  • President Donald Trump called for the arrest of the man who shot Danielson minutes after reports of Reinoehl's death. 
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The self-described "100% antifa" supporter suspected in the shooting death of a right-wing protester in Portland was killed as officers tried to arrest him on Thursday night, according to multiple news outlets.

Michael Forest Reinoehl was killed in Lacey, Washington, when a federal fugitive task force, composed of members of the FBI and US Marshals Service, moved to arrest him, according to the New York Times.

One member of the task force shot and killed him during the encounter, a senior Justice Department official told the Associated Press.

The official told the AP that Reinoehlhad pulled a gun during the encounter and was shot. 

Reinoehl was under investigation in connection to the killing of Aaron Danielson, a reported supporter of the alt-right group Patriot Prayer.

Protests in Portland started in May following the death of George Floyd after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes in Minneapolis. Alt-right counter-protesters have shown up to counter-protest and on August 29 the Patriot Prayer group clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland. 

Minutes after the Times report was first published, President Donald Trump tweeted at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations, calling for a quick arrest of the man who killed Danielson. 

"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!" Trump tweeted. 

Reinoehl, a 48-year-old white man, and self-described anti-fascist, allegedly brought a loaded gun to a Black Lives Matter protest in July, The Oregonian reported. On social media, he had called himself "100% antifa" and said that protesting is "where the fight starts." 

Earlier on Thursday, Vice News published an interview with Reinoehl where he appeared to admit to the shooting and said he acted in self-defense. 

"I had no choice. 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," Reihoehl told Vice.

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