Thursday night, a Portland man who was killed, while authorities attempted to apprehend him appeared to admit he was responsible for the fatal shooting of a supporter of a right-wing group during clashes between pro-Trump groups and left-wing protesters in the Oregon city.
US Marshals said, “Reinoehl was allegedly involved in an August 29 shooting incident in Portland, Oregon, that resulted in a death.”
Thursday night, in an interview, Michael Reinoehl, 48, appeared to take responsibility for killing of Aaron Jay Danielson at Portland protest, alleging that he acted in self-defense because he and a friend were about to be stabbed.
Reinoehl said, “You know, lots of lawyers suggest that I should not even be saying anything, but I feel its important that the world at least gets little bit of what’s really going on. I had no choice, I mean, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I was not going to do that.”
Danielson, who was a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, was shot in the chest during the confrontation and died.
After the shooting, Reinoehl said he realized what had happened and was confident that I did not hit anyone innocent. He then left the scene feeling, totally justified that I had I not acted I am confident that my friend, and I am sure, I would have been killed.
Reinoehl said he had decided to speak out because there’s been a lot of propaganda put out there.
He said, “What they’ve done is they’ve tried to make it look like we are all terrorists. And they are trying to make me look like a murderer.”
Trump, tweeted after the video broadcasted , saying “Why aren’t they 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 o hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI”
Reinoehl had been estranged from his family, according to one family member, who said that Reinoehl had a stick it to the man mentality. Family members became aware of the August 29 shooting after receiving a threatening text message Sunday, the relative said.
Reinoehl described himself as having army experience, though the US Army said it could not find records of his service and said he worked as a professional snowboarder and contractor. He said in the video that he was providing security to Black Lives Matter protesters.
On social media, meanwhile, Reinoehl posted comments that vacillated between rejecting violence and embracing the use of force. He called the months of protests against police violence in Portland a fight for his country and said “Now is the time to change the course of humanity.”
Reinoehl was charged with driving under the influenced of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while suspense, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving. Reinoehl’s son was arrested on DUI and a gun charge.
The cases remain active, state police said. Baker Country Circuit Court officials said that Reinoehl is wanted for failure to appear for arraignment on those charges. Neither Reinoehl nor his son, nor any legal representative, could be reached for comment on the charges.