The Nebraska bar owner charged for fatally shooting a protester shot himself in Portland, Oregon, law enforcement officials said Sunday.
Jake Gardner, 38, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a medical clinic, law enforcement officials said, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Hillsboro police found Gardner around noon. Gardner’s attorneys, Stu Dornan and Tom Monaghan, said he would turn himself in after he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with manslaughter last week, the World-Herald reported. (RELATED: Bar Owner Who Said He Shot Protester In Self-Defense Charged With Manslaughter)
In a stunning development, Jake Gardner — the white bar owner indicted in the killing of a 22-year-old Black man during protests in downtown Omaha — has been found dead near Portland, Oregon. https://t.co/I8lD3snNYu
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) September 20, 2020
Dornan and Monaghan said Gardner felt as if he were in a warlike environment the night he shot and killed protester James Scurlock and had sustained head trauma while serving in the Marine Corps, the World-Herald reported. Monaghan said that Gardner received death threats via social media and text messages after the incident, though neither attorney reported the threats to law enforcement.
Dornan, Monaghan and Scurlock’s attorney Justin Wayne did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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