Portland Police shot a man who was a suspect of fatal shooting an activist during the protests, and left him dead. The suspect was Michael Reinoehl, he was a 48-year-old man, and was under investigation for killing President Trump’s supporter and a right-wing activist during the protests of the last weekend.
Reinoehl stated that shooting at a Patriot prayer Group’s supporter, Aaron Danielson, was an act of self-defence. Following his death by Police officers, the officers noted that Reinoehl was then armed, and during a confrontation, he got shot.
In May, after the killing of George Floyd, the protests for “Black Lives Matters” were taking place at nights in some regions of Portland. Last Saturday, the supporters of President Trump held an even more massive rally fighting with the protesters of anti-racism, and that turned out as a violent scenario.
Reinoehl was a regular attendant for the protests, and he told the news channels that he thought that he, along with his friends, will get stabbed by Danielson. He added that he did not have any other choice. He couldn’t have sat back, letting the activists kill his friend, and that was an impossible case. Hence he had to shoot in defence.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the police of Portland must do their job soon and arrest Aaron Danielson’s cold-blooded killer.
More about the arrest
Police spotted Reinoehl in Lacey, Washington, 193 km at the north of Portland, and issued a warrant under his name. Ray Brady, a Sheriff Lieutenant of Thurston, stated that spotting Reinoehl in Lacey is not clear yet as it is not believed that the suspect was a residence there.
Brady also mentioned how there was surveillance conducted when the suspect got out in the road into a vehicle, leaving the apartment. He added that the officers on the scene and the suspect had a confrontation, and the suspect was then found armed by the officers.
Shots were then fired at the vehicle due to which the subject fled by it, and at that time, there was more firing by a total of 4 officers.
In the anti-racism protests and demonstrations at Portland, Reinoehl was a regular attendant. He was also a part of the security team of the protesters, and the security team, including him, had the aim of protecting the demonstrations from all the potential troublemakers.
He also has two kids, and he stated on social media that he is a professional snowboarder and an army veteran. He also told the news channels that he had not surrendered and turned in after shooting on Danielson because he believed that police and right-wing supporters are collaborating. Thus he knew that there are no chances of his protection.
He added that he is a left-wing supporter and he also posted once that warfare rose due to the tactics of the counter-protesters.
Reinoehl told AP on 26th July that after intervening in a fight between some black youngsters and an armed white man, he got shot in the arms. Amid the protests in July, he was then asked to appear in court for facing the charges of publicly carrying a loaded gun and withstanding the arrest.
Moreover, he was also charged in another case for driving under the control substance’s influence, for reckless driving and endangerment along with a firearm’s unlawful possession. It was all after he raced his son who was 17-year-old, on an interstate road.
After the recent case of his death, several protesters gathered in Portland on Thursday, and there was also a sign outside a police station, in the street, stating that you are the murderers of Michael Reinoehl, and his blood is on your hands.
The reason behind Portland’s clashes
Michael Reinoehl was a suspect of shooting on Aaron Danielson during the Saturday’s clashes. It was when several of Mr Trumps’ supporters clashed with the protesters of ‘Black Lives Matter’. Followed by the fights, there was the shooting between both the parties in the city centre.
The tension rose even further when around 1,000 backers of Trump proceeded through the area at Portland by some 600 vehicles and carrying his flags. According to the leaked videos, some people were firing pallets and pepper spray at the protesters of BLM, and they tried preventing their entrance, blocking the streets.