Olympia Police arrested a 36-year-old Olympia resident Thursday for the September 4 shooting, which occurred during dueling protests between groups allied with Antifa and the Proud Boys.
The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree assault. Olympia Police said in a statement, that the investigation, as well as "investigations into other disturbances that happened that day, is ongoing."
Police released this video showing the clash between the groups in downtown Olympia which also resulted in numerous assaults.
Five gunshots were heard during the Medical Freedom protest opposing Democrat Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates. Video footage showed Samoan right-wing activist Tusitala "Tiny" Toese on the ground in pain and bleeding from his foot. Fellow protestors offered assistance and can be seen taking off Toese's shoe as he lay on the sidewalk writhing in pain.
Toese had previously been placed on Antifa's "kill list" during the far-left occupation in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 22.
Antifa propaganda accounts across social media celebrated the shooting with a meme similar to the one that mocked the death of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.
Antifa member Melissa Lewis urged whoever recorded the Antifa shooting of Toese to not release it to the public. Antifa accounts had also spread disinformation on social media alleging, without evidence, that Toese shot himself.
Video before the shooting showed the event's right-wing security going toe-to-toe with Antifa before the shooting and the group marching down the streets of Olympia, chanting "F— Antifa." Witnesses and streamers claimed that Antifa shot at them while they were running and then fled on a bus.
Following the shooting, Antifa held another event to honor admitted Antifa militant Michael Reinoehl, the suspected shooter of Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson who was killed last year after participating in a pro-Trump caravan which drove through Portland. The digital Antifa flyer advertising the separate Saturday event read, "Jay [Reinoehl's victim] got what he deserved."
Reinoehl was killed in a shootout with authorities in Lacey, Washington, when authorities arrived to arrest him for Danielson's murder. Thurston County Sheriff's Office announced in March the conclusion of its investigation into the task force that confronted Reinoehl, finding that he shot at US Marshals first.