An Antifa sympathizer who was wanted for murdering a Trump supporter was shot dead by federal authorities in a shocking turn of events Thursday.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was killed in a confrontation with the feds as they tried to take him into custody Thursday night, The New York Times reported.
Like “a video game”
Reinoehl was on the run after killing a 39-year-old Trump supporter, Aaron “Jay” Danielson, during unrest in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, according to the Times.
On Thursday evening, a federal fugitive task force tracked him down near Lacey, Washington, 120 miles north. Four officers fired shots, killing the suspect, after he drew a weapon, the Associated Press reported.
“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 U.S. Marshals Service said, according to the AP.
Witnesses claim that the suspect fired dozens of rounds with a semi-automatic rifle. “It reminded me of a video game,” one man told the New York Post.
“I had no choice”
The shootout came after days had passed without news of an arrest, prompting an angry tweet from President Donald Trump clamoring for justice Thursday night. A warrant for murder was in fact issued Thursday, according to the AP — and Reinoehl reportedly confessed to the killing in an eyebrow-raising interview with VICE, published just hours before he died.
“I had no choice,” he said. “I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. I wasn’t going to do that.”
“Just more news”
Antifa mourned Reinoehl as a martyr and “guardian angel,” but other accounts paint a less flattering portrait. The man’s sister said that he was “impulsive” and estranged from the family, adding that she is “relieved” by the news.
“I wouldn’t say at this point that this counts as bad news. It’s just more news,” she said, according to the New York Post.
Reinoehl, who described himself as “100% ANTIFA,” was reportedly a regular at left-wing riots in the city. On July 5, he was cited for bringing a loaded gun to a protest, resisting arrest, and interfering with police, but the case was dropped, according to OregonLive.com.
In June, he was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, unlawful possession of a firearm, and reckless endangerment over an 111 mph joyride “with his daughter in the car,” the AP reported. An hour before he was killed, Reinoehl was setting up a GoFundMe account to support his two children, according to The New York Times.