Portland, OR – An Oregon law enforcement officer’s home was targeted by arsonists last week, according to federal investigators.
The blaze was determined to have been set intentionally, and burned a vehicle parked outside the officer’s home on Nov. 11, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) told Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Investigators confirmed the officer does not work for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), but refused to specify which agency the officer serves.
Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the blaze, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Investigators said they believe the arson could have been a form of intimidation linked to the months of anti-police riots that have decimated the downtown area.
“There’s concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home,” a law enforcement source familiar with the ongoing investigation told the news outlet.
Rioters have routinely recorded videos and snapped photos of people leaving various federal buildings in the downtown Portland area in recent months, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, a Portland-based Antifa group, issued a gleeful tweet on Sunday about the officer’s home being targeted.
“This is so cool,” the post read, along with a link to the Oregon Public Broadcasting article.
Twitter has not responded to questions regarding whether or not championing an attack on law enforcement is a violation of its policies, but the tweet has not been deleted, FOX News reported.
An antifa mob targeted Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan’s home on the night of Nov. 5 after he voted against a proposal to further defund the city’s police force.
“Individuals broke a window, threw burning flares and paint filled balloons at the home, and broke potted plants,” the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Unified Command said in a press release at the time.
Video footage showed the mob as they chanted and cheered outside the city commissioner’s house while aiming flashing lights at his windows.
The sound of something shattering could also be heard in the video.
The Unified Command responded to the area and declared and unlawful assembly, according to the MCSO.
Officers ultimately had to physically disperse the crowd.
“The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue are actively investigating this alarming criminal activity that put an entire neighborhood at risk,” the MCSO said. “This is the fourth night in the past week Commissioner Ryan has had agitators cause both vandalism and disruption to his home and neighborhood.”
Rioters also tried to burn down Portland City Hall the same night.