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Ex-Marine bar proprietor who ‘killed black man throughout BLM protest’ in Omaha commits suicide hours earlier than turning himself in

Ex-Marine bar owner who ‘killed black man during BLM protest’ in Omaha commits suicide hours before turning himself in


A WHITE bar proprietor indicted for killing a black man throughout protests in Omaha, Nebraska has killed himself, a report mentioned on Sunday.

Jake Gardner, a former Marine, shot himself close to Portland, Oregon after cops obtained a name about an individual with suicidal intentions, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

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A grand jury charged Gardner with 4 felonies for manslaughter, weapon use, terroristic threats and tried first-degree assault on Tuesday after he shot and killed James Scurlock, 22, in Omaha on Might 30.

Authorities have mentioned Gardner shot Scurlock outdoors his bar as he sought to thrust back potential looters as protests sprung up after the loss of life of George Floyd.

Surveillance footage reportedly exhibits Gardner, his father protesters speaking earlier than Gardner flashes his weapon and backed away.

However two folks shoved Gardner to the bottom earlier than Gardner fired two photographs – prompting Scurlock to leap onto his again.

Gardner then shot Scurlock, killing him – and his loss of life sparked additional protests within the Nebraska metropolis.

After the taking pictures, Gardner was taken into custody and interviewed by investigators – who initially determined to not cost him.

Gardner maintained that he had acted in self-defense and his attorneys had cleared him to depart Omaha in Might, his attorneys mentioned a press convention on Sunday.

“Everybody in that room felt there was nice danger to Mr. Gardner if he stayed in Omaha,” mentioned Stu Dornan, Gardner’s lawyer.

Gardner left city and went to northern California the place “he did his finest to get well from the trauma he was concerned with that night time,” Dornan mentioned.

Nevertheless, Douglas County Legal professional Don Kleine requested the grand jury to evaluation the case after he was slammed for overlooking Gardner’s alleged racist historical past.

After his indictment, Douglas County District Choose James Gleason authorised a warrant for Gardner’s arrest – however his attorneys mentioned he in the end agreed to return to Omaha accompanied by a fellow veteran to face his expenses.


Frederick Franklin, a particular prosecutor chosen for the case, mentioned the grand jury reviewed further proof together with texts and social media messages he had despatched that confirmed Spurlock’s killing was “intentional,” the Day by day Mail reported.

“There was vital proof that was in line with there being an intentional killing by Jake Gardner and that proof comes primarily from him,” Franklin mentioned.

Dornan mentioned that Gardner suffered two traumatic mind accidents and PTSD from his time serving in Iraq and that his consumer had informed him he felt like he was in a conflict zone due to the protests occurring outdoors the bar.

He added: “The grand jury indictment was a shock to him, it was a shock to us and it was a shock to many individuals.”