WATCH: Man Pulls Gun After Being Assaulted by Antifa in Oregon, Police Investigating

A man pulls a gun in self-defense after being assaulted by Antifa during a protest in Salem, Oregon. (Melissa “Claudio” Lewis)
Twitter Video Screenshot/Melissa “Claudio” Lewis

Oregon State Police are investigating an incident near the state capitol in Salem where a man pulled a gun on Antifa protesters after they appeared to assault him and vandalize his vehicle. Police did not arrest the man who pulled his pistol after being pepper-sprayed by Antifa.

Video tweeted by self-described Antifa Press journalist Melissa “Claudio” Lewis shows a group of Antifa protesters armed with pepper-spray and batons surrounding a man whose truck had just been vandalized. The Antifa protesters appeared to have initially fired paintballs at the man’s windshield.

The man’s truck is decorated with red, white, and blue stripes and is flying multiple flags. A Vietnam Veteran sign also appears on the side of his truck. As the man exited his truck and moved around the rear, Antifa protesters wearing all black clothing, helmets, and body armor approached him while brandishing pepper-spray cans. Some of the Antifa members also brandished long pipes or batons. The man retreated to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

At the 24-second mark in the video, showers of glass can be seen coming from a right-rear window that had just been smashed by Antifa. The window bore a sticker saying “Don’t Portland my Oregon.”

Hearing the smashing of the glass, the man proceeds around the vehicle to assess the damage. At 32 seconds, someone off-camera appears to spray the man with pepper spray. He shakes off the spray and draws a previously concealed pistol. He chambers a round into the pistol and holds it down by his side — telling the Antifa protesters to get back.

“Get away from me,” the man yells while holding out his non-gun hand. He starts to walk back around the rear of his truck while continuing to point the gun at the ground.

At that point, a police officer approaches the scene and tells the man to put down the gun. He complies by placing the handgun safely in the bed of his truck. The officer orders him to the ground.

A second video, tweeted by Independent Media PDX shows the incident from a different angle. In this video, the repeated sounds of Antifa attacking the truck can be heard.

A video tweeted by @ViolaBLM shows police questioning the man after letting him up from the ground. The videographer seems angered that police did not shoot the white man. “If he was black, he’d be dead,” she says.

The Oregonian reports police did not arrest the man and are investigating the incident. Oregon State Police Captain Tim Fox told the newspaper they are investigating the case. Three other people were arrested and charged during the protest. Charges included disorderly conduct, trespass, and unlawful pointing of a laser.

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