Private security guard indicted for Lowe's parking lot shooting
A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted a man after a fatal shooting in a Lowe's parking lot in in Northeast Portland in May.
The grand jury indicted 28-year-old Logan Gimbel on multiple charges including second-degree murder, endangering another person, and unlawful use of mace, District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Thursday, Dec. 2.
Gimbel was indicted for the murder of 49-year-old Freddy Nelson who was shot and killed May 29 in Portland's East Columbia neighborhood when Gimbel was on-duty as an armed security guard hired to patrol businesses in the Delta Park area.
Nelson's family filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit, saying Gimble wasn't certified by the state of Oregon and should not have been carrying a gun.
The attorney for Nelson's family, Tom D'Amore, said the 49-year-old was with his wife, Kari Nelson, when he was shot. D'Amore said Kari Nelson had gotten out of their truck and was walking toward the Lowe's garden center when, for some reason, Gimbel blocked their truck with his vehicle.
"He had them pinned in there, there wasn't anywhere to go," D'Amore said.
At some point, Kari Nelson got back into the truck and Gimbel allegedly told Freddy Nelson he was going to "arrest him" and deployed pepper spray or mace through a window.
"He was busy walking around the driver's side, spraying mace into the car," D'Amore said.
The lawsuit then alleges that Gimbel opened fire, killing Freddy Nelson. D'Amore said the death has been hard on the family, particularly for the couple's two sons and Kari Nelson, who witnessed it.
"Just the fright of yourself being right next to a person that's being shot four times, three times in the chest," D'Amore said. "Just that horror of it; but when you know it's your husband who's been killed by this person, it's incredible."
"My thoughts are with Freddy Nelson's family in the wake of this tragedy. We will work to prevent anything like this from happening again," Schmidt said.
In Schmidt's news release announcing the indictments, Sen. Floyd Prozanski noted "this case is not only devastating to the victim's family, but it also fortifies the need to review the current level of deescalation training and tactical engagement that private security personnel receives to obtain their certification or license. We must make sure that the private security sector adheres to modern best practices of deescalation and tactical engagement."
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