In an update on the investigation, a sheriff official said that four officers fired more than 30 rounds at fugitive Michael Ryanohl in Portland, Oregon, after trapping him in his car outside a Washington apartment complex where he was hiding.
Lt. Ray Brady, Thurston County Sheriff’s Commander, said Tuesday that police have found Rheinwell carrying a loaded .380-caliber handgun in his front pocket and his hand on or near the rifle after he was shot dead by police officers in Lacey, Oregon Live reported. The story was first reported by several other media outlets, including Oregon Public Broadcasting,
Rainwell was the suspect in the fatal Portland shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson after a pro-Trump convoy.
Investigators are awaiting lab results to determine whether the rifle fired at Reinoehl, an anti-fascist activist, was the same one used in the Portland shooting.
Brady said there were shots in the Rainowheel pistol after it was recovered, but he did not say how many.
Ryanohl’s death was questioned after eyewitnesses gave different accounts of what they saw. Everyone described a chaotic scene with bullets flying in while the children were outside.
Brady said a team led by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office had not finished its investigation yet, but had provided weekly updates with new details.
Brady said four officers of a federal multi-agency task force pulled away in two unmarked SUVs in front of the Volkswagen Renault. Brady said that the officers who shot told the interrogators that they had given Rainohill “orders to stop and show his hands” before they shot him. One officer told investigators that he saw Renuhl raise his pistol at him, and another officer said he saw Renuhl try to retrieve a revolver from his pocket, Brady said.
An autopsy found that Renuhl died of gunshot wounds to the head and upper torso.
Earlier that day, Portland Police obtained a Raynuhl arrest warrant for second-degree murder and illegal use of firearm allegations in the Portland murder.
Ryanuehl, who said he had provided security to the Black Lives Matter protests, was wanted on Danielson’s death, a supporter of the conservative right-wing Patriot prayer group based in Vancouver, Washington.