Michael Forest Reinoehl, who was the suspected shooter of Jay Bishop, AKA Aaron Danielson was apparently shot dead just outside of Seattle, Washington tonight. It was reported that authorities were moving in to arrest him when the incident occurred.
Right around the time the first news reports were coming out, President Trump was tweeting asking why he hadn’t been arrested yet after Vice did an exclusive video interview with the man earlier.
In the Vice interview, the man had claimed the Trump supporter was going to allegedly kill a black man had he not killed him first. “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.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, who killed Portland Trump supporter Aaron Danielson, died in Lacey, Wash. My sources are telling me U.S. Marshalls went to arrest him.— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020
The New York Times reported in part:
SEATTLE — A man being investigated in the fatal shooting of a right-wing activist who was part of a pro-Trump caravan in Portland, Ore., was killed on Thursday night when authorities moved to arrest him, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.
The officials said the suspect, Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was killed during the encounter in Lacey, Wash., southwest of Seattle, when a federal fugitive task force moved to apprehend him.
President Trump had just tweeted this out moments ago, it is unclear how he will respond to the developing news:
“Why aren’t the 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 to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI” See tweet:
Why aren’t the 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 to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
There doesn’t appear to be many details on how much of a threat the man was to police, and we hope this doesn’t cause any civil unrest among left-wing protesters. We will update this story here if we get more details on this breaking news.
UPDATE: The Olympian reported what appears to be related to this story:
Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza has confirmed that a man was shot by US Marshals in the 7600 block of 3rd Way Southeast in Tanglewilde about 7 p.m.
A neighbor who declined to give his name said he was walking his dog about 7 p.m. when he saw two SUVs pull up parallel to one another — one on 3rd Way and one in an alley and then heard shots, saw gun smoke from the right said and then several shots almost instantly from the left side. He said he took cover behind a parked car.
He estimates he heard 30-40 shots. As the shots were firing, he said another black car converged, and then another.
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