Suspect in Portland killing shot dead during arrest

Suspect in Portland killing shot dead during arrest
Officials work at the area late Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Lacey Wash., where a man suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Ore., the week before was killed as investigators moved in to arrest him. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was killed as a federal task force attempted to apprehend him in Lacey, a senior Justice Department official said. Reinoehl was the prime suspect in the killing of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night, the official said. (AP Photo/Ted Warren)

A man suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland has himself been shot dead during an operation to detain him, a police source said.

Michael Reinoehl, 48, brandished a gun and was killed as a federal taskforce attempted to apprehend him in Lacey, Washington state, an official said.

He was the prime suspect in the killing of Aaron Jay Danielson, who was shot in the chest on Saturday night in the troubled US city.

Authorities said the 39-year-old was shot during clashes between supporters of US President Donald Trump and counter-protesters.

Michael Reinoehl during a protest in in Portland (Beth Nakamura/Oregonian/AP)

It was not clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by protesters in the city centre.

Federal agents from the FBI and the US Marshals Service had located Reinoehl on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

During the encounter, he was shot by a law enforcement officer working on the taskforce after pulling a gun, the official said.

Reinoehl had described himself in a social media post as “100% ANTIFA”, suggested the tactics of counter-protesters amounted to “warfare”, and had been shot at one protest and cited for having a gun at another.

He had been been a regular presence at anti-racism demonstrations in Portland.

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