A 48-year-old man from Oregon has said he acted in self-defense during the shooting in Portland, where a supporter of President Trump was killed last weekend.
The man, Michael Reinoehl, told in an interview with Vice News that he feared that he and a friend would be stabbed during a confrontation on the street. “I had no choice. I mean, I had a choice. I could have watched them kill a colored friend of mine, but I didn’t intend to.”
According to The Oregonian newspaper, Reinoehl is a suspect in the shooting that killed Aaron Danielson, one of the Trump supporters who took part in a car parade in Portland on Saturday to show their support for the president. This led to fights with activists against police violence, who have been demonstrating in American cities for months.
Portland police have yet to respond to Reinoehl’s allegations in the interview.
Reinoehl, a self-proclaimed anti-fascist, is active in Black Lives Matter demonstrations against racism and police violence in Portland, according to reports and videos on his social media accounts that Reuters news agency saw. He says in posts on Facebook and Instagram that he is a professional snowboarder and a veteran of the U.S. military.
“I’m 100 percent Antifa”, he says in a message on June 16. “We really have a chance to fix everything now. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and, as with all wars, there will be casualties.”