Authorities: Protest shooter had gun when killed
Michael Forest Reinoehl pointed a gun at officers in Lacey, Washington, on Sept. 3 before law enforcement officers shot and killed him, the Thurston County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
"We learned from the witness statements that Mr. Reinoehl did display a weapon at the officers," Lt. Ray Brady, the commander overseeing the police shooting investigation, told OPB.
Prior to his death, prosecutors in Multnomah County had charged Reinoehl with second degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly killing Aaron J. Danielson — a supporter of the far right group Patriot Prayer — after an Aug. 29 rally in support of President Trump's reelection campaign.
Reinoehl was killed by members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, made up of local and federal officers, during what police say was an arrest attempt.
Brady said in addition to officers seeing a gun pointed at them before they shot, investigators located a fired shell casing during a search of Reinoehl's vehicle.
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