By Kaylee Greenlee –
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.
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.
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