New images show Antifa activist ‘lying in wait’ before fatal shooting of ARMED pro-Trump demonstrator in Portland – as warrant suggests prime suspect who was killed in police shootout ‘bought gun from his own son’
- Portland prosecutors on Friday released arrest warrant for deceased murder suspect Michael Reinoehl, 48
- Reinoehl died during a shootout with US Marshals in Washington state on Thursday night
- He was the prime suspect in Saturday’s murder of right-wing activist Aaron Danielson, 39
- Surveillance stills in the unsealed warrant show Reinoel apparently lying in wait for Danielson
- Reinoehl, a self-described Antifa activist is seen lurking in parking garage alcove as Danielson passes
- He then emerged onto the street to follow Danielson from behind, cops say in the warrant
- Images also show that Danielson was carrying bear mace and a baton during the incident
- Warrant reveals cops found an un-fired gun holstered in Danielson’s waistband after he died
- Police found text message from Reinoehl to his own son offering to trade marijuana for a gun
- Reinoehl said in interview shortly before he died that he acted in self-defense during the incident
- But witness who was with Danielson says the shooting was unprovoked
By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Prosecutors have released new surveillance images from the murder of a far-right activist in Portland, after the prime suspect, a far-left Antifa supporter, was killed in a shootout with U.S. Marshals.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt on Friday released the unsealed arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, who was killed by a fugitive task force in Washington state on Thursday night.
The warrant charges Reinoehl with murder in the death of Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, 39, who was gunned down in the streets of downtown Portland on Saturday.
The court documents reveal startling new information in the case, including that Reinoehl appeared to lie in wait for Danielson before the shooting, and sent text messages to his own son offering to trade marijuana for a handgun weeks before the murder.
The warrant also indicates that the victim himself was armed with a handgun, which was found in his waistband after he died, and did not appear to have been fired during the incident.
In the warrant affidavit, Portland Police Detective Rico Beniga describes the events leading up to the shooting, based on witness statements, previously released bystander video, and surveillance video from a nearby parking garage, images of which are being released for the first time publicly.
At first, Reinoehl was walking with a white female southbound on SW 3rd Avenue, and both could be seen staring eastbound down perpendicular Adler Street as they crossed the intersection.
New surveillance images show Reinoehl (front) walking in front of Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson (behind him left in black shirt) moments before Danielson was shot dead in Portland on Saturday
Reinoehl (right) ducks into a parking garage and waits for Danielson (far left) and his friend Chandler Pappas (next to him in white shirt) to walk past on the sidewalk
After Reinoehl and the woman cross the intersection, the white female pauses and stands against a building as Reinoehl continues walking.
Then, Danielson and Danielson’s friend Chandler Pappas are seen turning a corner behind them from Adler Street. Reinoehl is seen glancing behind him and reaching for his waistband.
Reinoehl then ducks into the entrance of a parking garage ‘and reaches toward his left front waist area,’ the affidavit states.
‘Reinoehl conceals himself, waits, and watches as Danielson and Pappas continue walking by. Danielson and Pappas do not appear to interact or communicate with anyone and continue southbound on SW 3rd Avenue,’ it continues.
Beniga notes that Danielson appears to be carrying a can of bear mace in one hand, and a telescoping baton in the other.
After the two men, who are wearing hats of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, walk past, Reinoehl emerges from the parking garage and appears to be reaching for his waistband.
Danielson and Pappas turn right to cross SW 3rd Avenue, and Reinoehl and another unidentified man, described as Subject #2 in the affidavit, together follow them, walking out of the security camera’s field of view.
After Danielson and Pappas (not pictured) pass, Reinoehl (right) reaches for his waistband and joins up with ‘Subject #2’ (center in black) to follow the two right-wing activists
Reinoehl is seen with his right arm extended as a cloud of bear mace erupts by Danielson and Pappas. Police say Danielson’s can of bear mace was punctured by a bullet
Immediately after the shooting, Reinoehl (in white) and Subject #2 (in black) run away from the scene