Protesters in Oregon attacked an elderly Trump supporter by pepper-spraying him during a rally in Salem. The protesters then started to spray paint and vandalize his truck.
The man, who wore an American flag sweatshirt, reached for his gun and used it to scare off the protesters while saying, "Get away from me!"
As soon as the man drew his gun, the police apprehended him after throwing him face down on the ground and putting him in cuffs. For making a threat to the lives of the anti-fascists, he could face attempted murder charges.
These charges will only stick if the prosecutors get enough evidence to charge him with the crime.
As the police took the man into custody, he rubbed his eyes. For this reason, some thought the man had been sprayed with pepper during the incident with the Antifa protesters.
There was also shattered glass from his vehicle's broken taillight, which lay on the road.
While the police were taking the man away after putting him under arrest, the protesters laughed. One of the protesters shouted, "F*** the Proud Boys," suggesting that the elderly man might be part of the infamous hate group.
Although the police are still conducting their investigations, they are yet to bring any charges against the Trump supporter. Granted, there were many such incidents, thanks to the tension between left and right-wing protesters at the Oregon State Capitol grounds.
According to reports by the media, left-wing Antifa protesters were going about their business peacefully when Trump supporters showed up.
Supporters of the former president were going to the protest scene for the "Freedom" rally. The event was supposed to encourage those who have served the country abroad to come out.
The event turned out to be an opportunity by some to cause misinformation and promote white supremacy.
During the Salem protests, at least three people were arrested, including Andrew Alan Foy, a 34-year-old charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.
Nathan McFarland was also put under arrest for second-degree disorderly misconduct. Another protester, Anthony Villaneda, was arrested for committing five counts of pointing a laser pointer.
The Trump supporters supposedly got to the scene of the protests while "heavily armed" and dangerous. The authorities were afraid for the welfare of the people and asked them to leave the scene because there were reports of criminal activity taking place during the protests.
Court Street was closed, and the police said they would have to start using tear gas, munitions, and impact weapons against the Trump supporters and the Antifa protesters unless they dispersed as soon as possible.
Salem officials tweeted that the risk of violence had gone up because opposing protesting groups were expected to get to the location in large numbers. The authorities also explained that they were already getting reports about vehicles driving past capitol getting hit with paint-filled balloons and having their drivers distracted with laser pointers.
People were advised to avoid roads around Capitol Mall, and those who saw any criminal behavior were asked to find a safe place before calling the authorities.