Authorities arrested a man — which several news outlets have reported is a Trump supporter — after he pulled a gun on a group of Antifa rioters who reportedly smashed his pickup truck's taillights, sprayed the windshield with paint, and maced him during a Salem, Oregon, riot on Sunday.
What happened on Sunday?
The clash was one of many that took place on Sunday near the state's capitol during a "freedom" rally, which was reportedly advertised as an event to "honor those who 'fought for our freedoms.'"
According to the Daily Mail, "Protesters on the sidewalks and in the street in Salem threw objects at a number of vehicles that drove by the Capitol with American flags."
What are the details of this incident?
As highlighted by the Daily Mail, video footage captured the moment a group of unruly rioters began spraying cans of paint across the windshield of a man's truck and smashing the lights on his vehicle.
The truck — outfitted with red and blue stripes — bore a sticker or large decal that read "Agent Orange Vietnam Victim." TMZ reported that the truck was also affixed with Trump stickers.
The man, who remains unidentified at the time of this reporting, could be seen in the video wearing an American flag sweatshirt that read "I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross" as he stepped out of his vehicle to survey the damage the demonstrators inflicted on his vehicle. As he got out of the truck, he confronted the protesters gathered around his vehicle — and who promptly appeared to mace him.
He could be heard shouting, "Get away from me!" as he pulled out his gun and waved it toward the rioters.
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The New York Post reported that as the mob "screamed about his loaded gun," an armed officer ran to the scene and directed him to get down the ground. The man immediately complied, and placed the gun in the back of his truck.
"F*** you, Proud Boy!" some in the mob could be heard screaming in the video as he lay on the ground. "You dumb mother****er!"
Protesters could be heard laughing and shouting as officers took the man into custody. According to the report, the man has not been charged at the time of this writing, and officials are still investigating the incident.
The Post reported that three other people were arrested in the day's protests.
From the Post:
Police said more than 100 left-wing protesters — many linked to the Youth Liberation Front — turned up to “prevent the Freedom Rally caravan" that was planning to meet at the Capitol. The mob is accused of damaging vehicles, including the alleged gunman's, which was covered in yellow spray paint and had its windows smashed.
Most were “wearing black clothing and ballistic vests and carrying firearms, bats, skateboards, umbrellas, shields and gas masks," police said.
“Soon after their arrival, the Salem Police department began to receive reports that individuals from the Court Street group were targeting vehicles driving by," the statement said.
“The victims reported their vehicles were damaged by paint-filled balloons, rocks and other hard objects being thrown at them as they passed," the force said — highlighting one that “sustained significant damage after a large tree limb was thrown through the front window."