The news comes after the release of a series of images reported by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, in which the shooter Michael Forest Reinoehl can be seen crouching into the alcove of a parking garage, only to return to the street to follow two pedestrians, one of them being his future victim.
Reinoehl "hides, waits and watches as Danielson and Pappas (the companion) keep walking," homicide detective Rico Beniga wrote in the affidavit. After the pair passed where he was hiding, Reinoehl started strolling while reaching for his belt. Another person, designated as Subject No. 2, followed Danielson and Pappas as they crossed the street.
The shooting happened shortly after - two gunshots were heard. That was when Aaron "Jay" Danielson, the deceased, was hit by one of them and the other impacted on his bear spray can. Combining a number of pictures with the footage, it was found a scene that involves Reinoehl, holding up his right arm among the cloud of bear spray that burst around Danielson.
Ammunition of the same caliber with which Danielson was executed was found in Reinoehl's apartment, along with the clothes he was wearing at that time, police reported.
A witness who was driving by around the apartment complex Reinoehl was leaving reported she saw him open fire from a car, to which officers responded the same way, resulting in his death. Washington investigators found a handgun in Reinoehl's car, but they haven't confirmed if it was the one he used.
Moreover, other witnesses told the police they've seen people threatening Danielson during the fight, who then sprayed pepper spray before he was shot. One said that three black men approached Danielson, one of them said, "We are going to kill you."
Another said that a black man with short dreadlocks turned to another black man and said words similar to “Hey, there's the guy” before Danielson pulled out a large can and sprayed it before he was shot.
Justin Dunlap, who was living downtown when the shooting occurred, told police that two people were approaching Danielson when one said words like, "Do you want to go?" Danielson then used the spray bottle before the shooting occurred.
Pappas told police that he and Danielson had had a few drinks before walking downtown. Pappas said he and Danielson were "fighting" with two people, and later he heard two shots.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr referred to the display of local law enforcement in a statement, expressing admiration for the officers who stopped Reinoehl from running away “I applaud the outstanding cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement, particularly the fugitive task force team that located Reinoehl and prevented him from escaping justice,” he said.