A man was killed while authorities attempted to arrest him for fatally shooting a right-wing activist during protests in Oregon, Portland.
Michael Reinoehl, 48 was filmed shooting a man during last weekend’s tension, and admitted to it before his death. Reinoehl had earlier said he acted in self-defence when he shot Aaron Danielson because he and a friend were about to be stabbed..
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said Portland police searched Reinoehl’s home and found ammunition of the same caliber used in the fatal shooting and clothes that matched what Reinoehl was wearing on the night of the incident.
Lieutenant Brady said the police were conducting surveillance when the suspect left the apartment and got into a vehicle in the road.
“There was a confrontation between the officers that were on scene and the subject,” he said.
“The information we have at this time is that the subject was armed. There were shots that were fired into the vehicle and the subject fled from the vehicle, at which time there was additional shots that were fired.”
He said four officers fired their weapons.
Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place nightly in Portland since the killing of black man George Floyd in May.
Reinoehl was suspected of shooting Danielson during clashes on Saturday night when a large procession of supporters of President Trump clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters.
The shooting came amid fights between the Trump supporters and BLM protesters in the city centre.
Tension rose after a convoy of some 600 vehicles flying flags and carrying an estimated 1,000 Trump backers proceeded through central Portland.
Video showed some people firing what local media described as pepper spray and pellets at BLM groups who had tried to prevent them entering the city by blocking streets.