A Nebraska bar owner and US Marine that killed a rioter who was attacking him and his business has committed suicide, a friend of Jake Gardner has confirmed to The Gateway Pundit on Sunday — however, there may be more to this story than initially met the eye.
Gardner’s body was found outside a healthcare clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon — roughly 20 minutes outside of Portland.
According to a report from Omaha-World Herald, “Gardner shot himself after authorities in Hillsboro, Oregon, received a call of a suicidal party, said two law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The death happened this weekend, though Hillsboro police would not confirm the death or the time it happened.”
Sources say he was staying with his uncle in the Portland area.
Portland has also been a hub of extremely lawless riots and violence for months.
Friends of Gardner have expressed disbelief that Gardner was suicidal.
“I’ll be honest Cassandra, I’ve known Jake ten years, spent thousands of hours with him, and he isn’t the guy to kill himself,” Gardner’s longtime friend and radio host JD Sharp told the Gateway Pundit. “He sent me a message last week telling me he was sober for a year, and had just written a book.”
Sharp added that people were doxxing his mother and that his family was receiving death threats.
“Bottom line, without pressure from BLM the grand jury would have never been called,” Sharp added. “The leader of that push, JaKeen Fox, wrote tweets saying ‘Rest In Power’ to the Dallas cop killer.”
Sharp explained that “there were literally thousands of Omahans calling Jake a racist murderer just because James Scurlock was black.”
Other friends expressed similar sentiments to Sharp, disbelief that he would take his own life and that he was unfairly maligned by the left.
Local Omaha radio host Chris Baker told the Gateway Pundit that “Jake Gardner had been smeared as a ‘racist’ and ‘white supremacist’ before this event. I know there were Republican events at his bar, so that’s where the smears started.”
“I met him a few times. He had a great bar. He seemed like a solid guy who spoke straight and never sugar coated anything. In moonbat Omaha, especially in the Old Market, this is frowned upon,” Baker continued. “A few weeks ago a tourist was jumped by BLM protesters. They broke two ribs and tore an ab muscle on the guy. I have the police report on my desk. I’m the only local media that covered it.”
On May 30, the 38-year-old veteran confronted a group of rioters outside one of the bars he owns in Omaha and was knocked to the ground.
“From there, he fired two warning shots and tried to get to his feet, prosecutors said. As he did, Gardner got into a fight with one man, James Scurlock, 22. The two scuffled before Gardner fired a shot that killed him,” Yahoo News reports.
Garner was filmed repeatedly trying to diffuse the situation.
The rioter who was shot had repeatedly broken windows at the bar and other businesses in the area. The incident prompted a wave of further “protests,” particularly after Donald Kleine, the Douglas County attorney, determined that Gardner had acted in self-defense and declined to bring charges.
Gardner was indicted by a grand jury on counts of manslaughter, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted first-degree assault and making terrorist threats after intense political pressure was placed on the city. The district attorney had originally ruled it was self defense.
“A week later, Kleine said in a statement that after hearing from local residents and elected officials he would welcome an outside review ‘in this rare instance.’ He added, ‘I made a decision and I would not change that decision based on everything I know today,'” the Yahoo report explains.
Douglas County District Court Judge Shelly Stratman then appointed a special counsel, Fredrick Franklin, an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha, to handle the case, though they said they expected the same outcome.
Instead, Franklin bowed to pressure and dug up evidence and came up with charges.
“The manslaughter charge, he said, is related to Scurlock’s death; the attempted assault charge resulted from the second warning shot Gardner fired; the charge of making terrorist threats is linked to ‘a verbal confrontation’ that Gardner had with Scurlock, Franklin continued,” Yahoo reports.
On Friday, a judge signed off on an arrest warrant for Gardner.
A GoFundMe fundraiser to raise money for his defense was deleted by the platform.
This man acted in self defense and took his own life after being indicted in a politicized prosecution.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR LIFE!
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) September 20, 2020
Gardner was allegedly planning to turn himself in to the police on Monday. His family and friends believed that his bail was expected to be one million dollars. He was facing up to 95 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
In a video from Trump’s inauguration, Gardner’s kindness really shined as he explained that though he supports the president, he also supported the Women’s March and their right to be heard.
It’s a tearjerker:
UPDATE: This is a breaking story and we are updating as more information becomes available. We have updated to reflect information that he was in the Portland area staying with his uncle.