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4 Sep, 2020 04:46

Suspect in Portland shooting of Trump supporter KILLED during attempted arrest

Suspect in Portland shooting of Trump supporter KILLED during attempted arrest

The suspect in a fatal shooting during a protest in downtown Portland last weekend has been killed by authorities after agents from a fugitive task force tried to arrest him.

Police shot dead Michael Reinoehl, 48, in a town near Seattle, Washington on Thursday night, saying he brandished a firearm at officers from the FBI, the US Marshals Service and local police. The incident occurred when the combined force moved in to arrest the murder suspect.

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Reinoehl was a main suspect in the slaying of a conservative activist during a political rally in Portland on Saturday night. He appeared to admit his role in the shooting during an interview with Vice News earlier on Thursday.

Graphic footage purportedly showing the aftermath of the encounter has circulated on social media, in which officers are seen attempting to revive a man lying on the road, who appears to be unresponsive.

"I'm telling you, if ya'll would have heard it, it sounded like fireworks, that's how many shots," the man behind the camera is heard saying, adding: "They lit his ass up."

Just minutes before the news of the fatal arrest attempt broke, US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Why aren't the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron 'Jay' Danielson."

Reinoehl regularly attended protests in Portland, and described himself as "100 percent Antifa" 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.

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