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BREAKING: Man linked to killing of Trump supporter claims self-defence in new VICE interview

Police are currently investigating alleged Antifa activist Michael Reinoehl in connection to the fatal shooting of Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson. Despite this, VICE magazine has decided to run a new feature interview with Reinoehl in which he claims that he was acting in self-defence.

BREAKING: Man linked to killing of Trump supporter claims self-defence in new VICE interview
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Police are currently investigating alleged Antifa activist Michael Reinoehl in connection to the fatal shooting of Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson. Despite this, VICE magazine has decided to run a new feature interview with Reinoehl in which he claims that he was acting in self-defence.

In a teaser for the video set to air Thursday night, Reinoehl told VICE: “You know, lots of lawyers suggest that I shouldn't even be saying anything, but I feel it's important that the world at least gets a little bit of what's really going on. I had no choice. I mean, I, 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.”

Reinoehl, 48, claims to have been providing  “security” at Black Lives Matter protests. He has previously declared "I am 100% ANTIFA" on social media.

"We are currently living through a crucial point in Humanities evolution. We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties," he wrote on Instagram.

Reinoel was also arrested at a prior Antifa riot in July and charged with illegally possessing a loaded firearm among other crimes. He was released quickly and the charges were never pursued.

Outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse on Jul. 5, Reinoehl was cited for possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest, and interfering with police. His altercation fighting with officers was photographed while on the ground with a gun laid beside him.

In a third gun-related incident, Reinoehl was shot in the arm in late July when he attempted to wrestle a gun from a stranger during a chaotic scuffle in downtown Portland, The Oregonian reported. His wounding occurred after a brawl in Lownsdale Square, the city park across the street from the federal courthouse.

The full interview will air on VICE at 11 pm on Thursday night.

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