Police Don't Have Their Story Straight About the Killing of Michael Reinoehl - 2020-09-04
Two different police jurisdictions involved in the killing of Michael Forest Reinoehl late Thursday are giving divergent accounts of how it happened — and a third account, from a bystander, is fueling rumors on the left and the right. It's also being picked up by media outlets across the country.
The official account from the Thurston County Sheriff's Department in Washington state is that Reinoehl, a self-described antifa activist, was running away when he was shot dead by officers with the "Fugitive Task Force."
"During the attempt to apprehend him, shots were fired at the suspect in the vehicle and he fled from the vehicle on foot," they said in a statement, which also noted that the incident occurred around 7 p.m. local time. "Additional shots were fired at the suspect and he was pronounced deceased at the location."
Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals leading the task force said they "attempted to peacefully arrest Reinoehl" and only shot him when he "produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers."