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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Jessie Knudsen,, 360-239-3445

Memorandum on the September 3, 2020 Officer Involved Shooting that took place in Thurston County

​On September 3, 2020, members of the US Marshal’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force shot and killed Michael Forest Reinoehl while attempting to apprehend him pursuant to an
outstanding arrest warrant issued by a court in the State of Oregon. That warrant was issued when Reinoehl was charged with the murder of an individual during a protest event in Portland.

Because the use of deadly force by this task force occurred in Thurston County, the Region III Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT) was tasked to investigate the circumstances. The matter was then referred to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (TCPAO) to conduct a legal review of the incident and determine if any criminal charges should be filed under Washington State law. This memorandum outlines my review of this incident and my resulting findings and conclusions.


- Jon Tunheim

Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney


Final Memo.pdf