An Antifa sympathizer who was said to be a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Patriot Prayer supporter in Portland, Ore., last month was reportedly killed Thursday night as authorities moved in to arrest him.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, died in Lacey, Wash., outside Seattle, during an operation by a federal fugitive task force, The New York Times reported. Reinoehl’s death was also confirmed by a senior Justice Department official, according to The Associated Press. The suspect was shot by law enforcement after drawing a gun on officers, the AP report said. The task force was composed of personnel from the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
In a statement early Friday, the Marshals Service said the task force was acting on a murder warrant issued for Reinoehl by Portland police. “Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers,” the statement said. “Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.”