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Mystic Strip Club Defender cleared by Grand Jury!

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by RK600, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. RK600

    RK600 SW WA Active Member

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    Good news! There is still hope yet! This is the way it should be.

    Grand jury says no charges for man who returned fire at Mystic - KPTV - FOX 12

    PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
    A man who returned fire and killed a gunman at the Mystic Strip Club in southeast Portland will not be charged with a crime, a Multnomah County grand jury ruled Friday.

    Jonathan Baer shot 43-year-old Thomas Hjelmeland, who later died from his injuries at a Portland hospital, after Hjelmeland showed up at the strip club on Southeast Stark Street wearing a Halloween mask.

    Police said Hjelmeland started shooting and critically injured bouncer Brian Rizzo. Two other people were wounded before Baer - another bouncer at the club - pulled out his own gun and shot Hjelmeland as he walked out the door.

    The Multnomah County grand jury decided Baer's use of deadly force was justified under Oregon criminal law; therefore, no charges will be filed against him.

    Hjelmeland had a long arrest record, including a March 2013 arrest in Multnomah County for unlawful use of a stun gun, tear gas or mace, along with arrests in Washington County and Clackamas County dating back to 2009 on charges including reckless driving, assault and violating a stalking order.
     
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  2. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Kewell!!!
    Maybe there is a chance for Oregon (by God) to be a hospitable place!!!
     
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  3. pdxcat

    pdxcat Sellwood Active Member

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    I am very happy about this verdict. Well done.

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  4. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Pleasantly surprised by this. Way to go Grand Jury!
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Why did it have to go to a Grand Jury?

    In Yakima they give you a handshake and reload your magazine ;)
     
  6. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent.
     
  7. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    I'm not happy as it never should have went to a grand jury. bad on the Da for pushing it that far.
     
  8. pchewn

    pchewn Beaverton Oregon USA Well-Known Member

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    Did the DA "push" this to the grand jury? Or do all homicides (even justifiable by defense) automatically go to the Grand Jury?
     
  9. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Dancers are now taking .22LR as tips. That might help to explain some of the shortage...
     
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