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Trump gloats about US Marshals' killing of Portland 'antifa' suspect

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North Carolina for a campaign rally. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Thursday gloated over the September killing of Portland, Oregon, murder suspect Michael Reinoehl by law enforcement officers who had been deputized as US Marshals.

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday gloated over the September killing of Portland, Oregon, murder suspect Michael Reinoehl by law enforcement officers who had been deputized as US Marshals.

A task force involving federal, state and local law enforcement officers had been trying to arrest Reinoehl in connection with the August 29 fatal shooting of a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, a killing that happened during clashes between pro-Trump groups and left-wing protesters.

The comments from the President come one day after a Washington state sheriff's office released new details on how Reinoehl's death had unfolded and as questions swirl about whether police were justified in their use of force.

Reinoehl had his hand on a partially withdrawn gun that was in his pocket when officers shot him during an attempted arrest in Washington state, the Thurston County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, one officer said he believed he saw Reinoehl pull out a gun earlier during the deadly September 3 encounter outside the city of Lacey, Washington.

The statement by the Thurston sheriff's office offers more details from authorities than they initially released at time of Reinoehl's death.

At the time, the US Marshals Service said initial reports indicated Reinoehl had produced a firearm as officers tried to arrest him.

The New York Times reported that five eyewitnesses had said they never saw Reinoehl holding a weapon, and that the shooting began as soon as officers arrived in unmarked vehicles.

The sheriff's office, which is leading the investigation into Reinoehl's shooting, has not said what civilian witnesses have told investigators about whether they saw him armed or how soon the firing started.

Task force members saw Reinoehl leave a Thurston County apartment and enter a vehicle in the early evening of September 3, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office has previously said it didn't know whether Reinoehl fired any shots as officers tried to arrest him.

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