Nebraska Small Business Owner Commits Suicide After Being Railroaded With Manslaughter For Defending His Bar From Criminal Rioters
A Nebraska small business owner and Marine Corps veteran has committed suicide after being charged with manslaughter, stemming from an incident in which he fired a weapon on a violent criminal rioter who attacked him on camera.
38-year old Jake Gardner shot and killed Black Lives Matter rioter and 22-year old James Scurlock, who attacked his father outside of Gardner’s bar in Omaha, Nebraska in July. Gardner went on to brandish a gun at Scurlock and a riotous mob in response to their violent behavior, and the group of men attacked him. After firing two warning shots at the rioters as the attacked and shoved him to the ground, Gardner shot Scurlock, who declined to relent in his violent behavior.
Eyewitness accounts of Gardner’s interaction with Scurlock suggest it was a textbook case of self-defense. Watch video of the interaction and decide for yourself.
Prosecutors who investigated the incident originally declined to charge Gardner, recognizing that the case appeared to be an example of textbook self defense. After leftist and Black Lives Matter activists placed “intense pressure” upon Douglas County Attorney Donald Kleine, he relented to an external review of the incident overseen by a federal prosecutor. A federal judge issued a warrant for Gardner’s arrest on Friday, on charges of manslaughter, attempted assault, and terroristic threats.
Gardner had been supposedly planning to turn himself into Omaha Police on Monday, but a friend of Gardner reportedly confirmed to the Gateway Pundit that the 38-year old man committed suicide over the weekend.
Gardner’s body was found in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, with his attorney describing his death as a suicide. His lawyer, Stu Dornan, is emphasizing that Gardner’s conduct when targeted during the July BLM riot was self-defense, and that his actions are not to be taken as an admission of guilt in any capacity.
Gardner was a decorated Iraq War veteran who had suffered two traumatic brain injuries as a result of his military service.
His death appears to have been clearly the result of highly questionable and dubious criminal charges. The federal prosecutors that usurped the role of local officials to indict Gardner should be held accountable for this tragedy.