AG Barr on Tracking Down Alleged Murderer, Antifa Supporter: 'Our Cities are Safer With This Violent Agitator Removed'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 8, 2020 | 10:12am EDT
Attorney General William P. Barr.  (Getty Images)
Attorney General William P. Barr. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Law enforcement caught up with Antifa supporter and alleged murderer Michael Reinoehl on Sept. 3, fatally shooting him when he pulled out a gun and attempted to escape. In response to the police and FBI operation, Attorney General William P. Barr said "the streets of our cities are safer with this violent agitator removed," and added that "the United States will be governed by law, not violent mobs.”

Michael Reinoehl, 48, was alleged to have shot and killed a supporter of President Trump, Aaron "Jay"Danielson, 39,  in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 29. He fled to Washington State, which is where local and state police and the FBI tracked him on Sept. 3. 

(Screenshot, The Sun, surveillance camera image)

In a Sept. 4 statement, Attorney General Barr said, “Last Saturday, Aaron 'Jay' Danielson was shot and killed amid the continuing violence in Portland.  Local authorities subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-described Antifa member suspected of the alleged murder."

"Reinoehl fled to Washington State, where he was located yesterday by members of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement partners," said Barr.  "When Reinoehl attempted to escape arrest and produced a firearm, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers."

Left-wing Antifa supporter and alleged murderer Michael Reinoehl.  (Screenshot, Vice News)
Left-wing Antifa supporter and alleged murderer Michael Reinoehl. (Screenshot, Vice News, USA Today)
 
 

"The tracking down of Reinoehl — a dangerous fugitive, admitted Antifa member, and suspected murderer — is a significant accomplishment in the ongoing effort to restore law and order to Portland and other cities," said the attorney general. "I applaud the outstanding cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement, particularly the fugitive task force team that located Reinoehl and prevented him from escaping justice."

"The streets of our cities are safer with this violent agitator removed, and the actions that led to his location are an unmistakable demonstration that the United States will be governed by law, not violent mobs," concluded Barr. 

The body of Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl covered in yellow sheet. He was fatlly shot by law enforcement when he tried to escape and produced a gun.  (Getty Images)
The body of Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl covered in yellow sheet. He was fatlly shot by law enforcement when he tried to escape and produced a gun. (Getty Images)

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