(Tea Party PAC) – On Friday, Attorney General William Barr offered his appreciation for federal agents who tracked down–and took down–Michael Reinoehl, the Antifa/BLM sympathizer who shot and killed a Trump supporter in Portland last weekend.
“The streets of our cities are safer with this violent agitator removed, and the actions that led to his location are an unmistakable demonstration that the United States will be governed by law, not violent mobs,” Barr said.
A federal fugitive task force attempted to detail Reinoehl in Lacey, Washingon on Thursday but the suspect was fatally shot when he attempted to evade arrest.
The progressive activist had admitted to shooting Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of the group Patriot Prayer. Reinoehl claimed it had been in self-defense.
Video footage of the incident showed that a gunman fired twice at Danielson, 39, who died.
On Sunday, Reinoehl was identified as the possible suspect, but a warrant for his arrest was not issued until Thursday.
In an interview with VICE News that aired just moments before news broke that he had been killed, Reinoehl seemed to pass the incident off as self-defense.
“I was confident that I didn’t hit anyone innocent,” he said, vaguely.
“I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn’t going to do that,” he said, adding that “the shot” may be the beginning of a civil war.
No evidence has been released by the Portland police which suggests that Danielson threatened Reinoehl or any other Antifa protesters, of color or otherwise.
Video of the incident seems to quite clearly suggest that Danielson and his companion were discovered, called out as Trump supporters, and fired upon.
“The tracking down of Reinoehl — a dangerous fugitive, admitted Antifa member, and suspected murderer — is a significant accomplishment in the ongoing effort to restore law and order to Portland and other cities,” said AG Barr Thursday.
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Reinoehl had a lengthy criminal history and had described himself as a supporter of Antifa, a loosely organized left wing group involved in the racial justice movement.
Reinoehl said in an Instagram post on June 16 that he was “100% Antifa.” He also wrote on the social media cite that he expected casualties at protests.
Reinoehl had two separate illegal gun possession charges pending against him at the time of his death.
Police found him with a loaded Glock handgun on June 8 after he was pulled over driving 111-mph on Interstate 84. Portland police issued him a citation on July 5 after he was found with a loaded gun at a protest in the city. The police department posted a photo on Twitter at the time of Reinoehl being detained by police.
The department has declined to explain why Reinoehl was roaming the streets despite the two gun charges.