Shortly before Michael Reinhoehl was killed by police during an attempted arrest, 'Vice News' aired an exclusive interview with the Portland shooting suspect in which he alluded to shooting Aaron 'Jay' Danielson.
In the interview, which aired Thursday night before his unexpected death, Reinoehl vaguely stated that what he did was in self-defense.
"I had no choice. I mean, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn't going to do that. That was the straw that broke the camel's back," stated Reinoehl.
Reinoehl also stated, "I felt that my life and other people's lives around me were in danger. And I felt that I had no choice but to do what I did."
Reinoehl also alluded to shooting Danielson, a right-wing protestor, when he went downtown to provide security for racial justice protestors following a pro-Trump caravan, as he stated, "I realized what had happened. I was confident that I did not hit anyone innocent and I made my exit." And when freelance journalist Donovan Farley clarified Reinoehl's statement, saying, "Just to reiterate, you feel that it was totally justified," Reinoehl responded, "Totally justified. Had I not acted, I'm confident that my friend and, I'm sure, I would have been killed because I wasn't going to stand there and let something happen."
However, shortly after the airing of the interview, news broke that Reinoehl was killed when investigators moved in to arrest him in Lacey, Washington. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Reinoehl was shot by a law enforcement officer who was working on the federal task force, said one official.
While Reinoehl has been labeled by some as a member of Antifa, Reinoehl said that that was not true, but that he did see a "civil war right around the corner."
"That shot felt like the beginning of a war," stated Reinoehl.