A former Marine who said at a protest in July that he would “slaughter” Antifa members in self-defense if attacked, recently had his five weapons confiscated by the FBI, according to reports. The former Marine is identified as Shane Kohfield, 32.
He was seen standing outside of the Portland mayor’s home during protests. At the time, Kohfield was wearing body armor and a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. He was also sporting a large knife on one shoulder and a copy of his concealed weapons permit on the other.
Speaking through a bullhorn, he told activists who turned out to condemn the city’s mishandling of recent violent demonstrations that they would need to protect themselves against Antifa.
“If Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next,” Kohfield, 32, said. “I’d slaughter them and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out Antifa.”
It was his threat of action that led the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task to take use Oregon’s new Red Flag law to seize Kohfield’s weapons and have the Marine Corps Veteran committed to the VA hospital in Portland. He was there for 20 days.
The moves came as city officials and law enforcement prepared for potentially violent clashes Aug. 17 during a right-wing rally and counterprotests planned in downtown Portland that had become inflamed with incendiary political rhetoric nationwide. Police worried that they would end in catastrophe.
Though Shane Kohfield wasn’t accused or charged with any crimes, police took no chances and prevented him from attending the rally as he repeatedly had promised to do on social media after his confrontation at Mayor Ted Wheeler’s house.