Michael Forest Reinoehl, the suspect in a fatal shooting during another violent and chaotic night in Portland Saturday, is reportedly “100% antifa” and previously accused of bringing a loaded gun to a protest held in early July.
Reinoehl is the prime suspect in a homicide investigation into the death of Aaron Danielson, “a supporter of the conservative group Patriot Prayer.” Danielson’s death, caught on livestream, came just minutes after a group of pro-Trump supporters clashed with antifa protestors in downtown Portland. Multiple antifa protestors celebrated Danielson’s death as the death of a “Nazi” and a “fascist.”
Reinoehl was identified “by a distinctive tattoo on his neck of a ‘black power’ fist and by a family member who had seen videos of the shooting.
“On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite,” his sister said. “But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational.”
An Instagram post on June 16 outlined Reinoehl’s feelings about Antifa, police brutality, and protesting with phrases like “it will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties.” Hashtags at the bottom of the post and other posts on his feed indicate his support for Black Lives Matter and “f*** the police.”
“If that’s as far as you can take it thank you for your participation but please stand aside and support the ones that are willing to fight. I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!” he said.
Reinoehl, a regular attendee of rowdy protests and riots in Portland, was previously cited in early July “on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest and interfering with police.” He is also “wanted on a failure to appear warrant in a June 8 speed racing case” and “faces allegations including driving under the influence of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another, unlawful possession of a gun and driving while suspended and uninsured.”