Support Local Journalism!        

Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Portland Police Bureau release hundreds of pages regarding investigation into the death of Aaron 'Jay' Danielson on Aug. 29.

VIA PPB - Michael Reinoehl is shown here near a downtown Portland parking garage near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street on Aug. 29, moments before a fatal shooting. Michael Reinoehl — the presumed shooter in the death of a Trump supporter during a heated political clash in downtown Portland — was set to be evicted the night of the fatal encounter, newly released police files reveal.

The Portland Police Bureau released 239 pages detailing its investigation into the death of Aaron "Jay" Danielson, 39, a supporter of the Patriot Prayer movement who was shot dead on Aug. 29 of last year.

The voluminous files show that Reinoehl, a 48-year-old with a checkered past, was set to be evicted from his basement flat on Northeast 92nd Avenue on Aug. 29 — after his landlord gave him a 10-day notice to leave.

Reinoehl's landlord since January, Nick Yoder, told police he was doing repairs on the house on Aug. 18 when he apparently noticed six or seven high schoolers smoking marijuana in Reinoehl's apartment, which he shared with his son Deavin.

Yoder, a high school counselor, told police that Reinoehl later texted him saying he didn't "have anywhere to go and that the Proud Boys were trying to shoot him."

On Aug. 29, Reinoehl told Yoder that the potential of having the Sheriff's Office evict him was triggering his PTSD. The next night, Aug. 30, police again responded to the house after the other tenants reported it being shot at sometime before 1 p.m.

The case file also includes the transcript of an interview with Cedrell Washington, who was walking with a female acquaintance near the downtown parking garage where Reinoehl is presumed to have shot Danielson as he was preparing to unleash a burst of chemical spray.

Washington, who was wearing a sweatshirt with an expletive and the number 12 on it, told Detective Rico Beniga in the interview he didn't need protection and hadn't met Reinoehl before.

"I just looked at him, like, what the f---? Like what, what is he doing?" Washington said, according to the transcript.

Beniga wrote the interview was evidence that Reinoehl did not act in self-defense, as he claimed in a video interview with Vice News shortly before he was shot to death by U.S. Marshals attempting to take him into custody in Washington on Sept. 3.

"Reinoehl asserted in a media interview just prior to his death that he shot Danielson to protect a friend of color," wrote Beniga. "Washington was interviewed regarding the incident and refuted Reinoehl's claim."

Other details

The case file also reveals new information regarding Aaron Danielson, including the items found on his person during the autopsy.

Police recovered at least three magazines for his Glock handgun, which was never unholstered during the deadly shooting, as well as a crushed Truly hard seltzer can in his back pocket. A collapsible Asp baton, bear repellant and an M&P brand folding knife were also found on his person.

FILE - Aaron J. Danielson, Chandler Pappas, in an interview given to police while handcuffed on Aug. 29, told detectives he knew his friend only by the name "Jay Daley" — variously spelled as "Daily" elsewhere in the report. Pappas said he was aware Danielson used different aliases because he was afraid of be doxed by antifa.

"We're not best friends in the world, but ... he's one of the very few people that I trust to have my back when we're out here," Pappas said, according to a transcript. "We just wanted to record the same way that — Andy Ngo has been assaulted for recording the same kinds of things."

Pappas — who is currently in custody in Marion County for allegedly pepper spraying police officers guarding a special session of the state legislature in December — said he was drinking the entire afternoon of the pro-Trump car parade that lead to the downtown clash on Aug. 29, and that Danielson had "only had a couple."

Timothy Ryerson, who described himself as a friend of Danielson's who was riding an electric skateboard near the shooting, told police he saw Danielson being confronted by three males who said, "we are going to f--king kill you" shortly before shots were fired, though it's unclear if video evidence supports his testimony.

Zane Sparling
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Follow me on Twitter

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Have a thought or opinion on the news of the day? Get on your soapbox and share your opinions with the world. Send us a Letter to the Editor!


- Records sugggest Reinoehl targeted Danielson

- Lives collide, blood is spilled

- Memorial held for slain protester Aaron 'Jay' Danielson

- Danielson shooting suspect claims 'self defense' in TV report

- Friends of man slain during protest urge end to violence

- Friends remember Aaron Danielson: 'He wasn't taking sides'

Go to top