Hillsboro police

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) – The body of man who had been charged in a deadly shooting in Omaha was found in Hillsboro Sunday afternoon.

Hillsboro police said officers responded around 12:20 p.m. to the 300 block of Southeast Ninth Avenue after a body was reported outside a medical clinic.

At the scene, they found a 38-year-old dead man.

He was identified as Jacob Gardner of Omaha, Nebraska.

Gardner’s death is now under investigation, but police said they are not seeking any suspects and there is no danger to the community.

Gardner was accused of shooting and killing James Scurlock in Omaha on May 30.

The shooting occurred during protests and unrest in Omaha and Garder originally did not face charges. He claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense.

However, Hillsboro police said Gardner was indicted by a Douglas County, Nebraska grand jury last week.

Police released no other details about Gardner’s death.

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(3) comments

Frederick Fukov

Another good reason to always carry. You never know who or what kind of situation you could encounter. There are a lot of sick, desperate, deranged humans out there. I just wonder which side this guy was on..the left or the right. Might need to dig further into this story in the Omaha media to find that out.

William R

Natural causes?

Frederick Fukov

Go to KETV Omaha. There's so much more about the story. Sounds like the guy was in a bar in Omaha where protests were going on..when rioters shoved or threw a pole through the bar's front window. Dude pulls the fire alarm, calls 911, then goes outside for some reason. Evidently, his father was also there, and was confronted by rioters. Gardner was protecting his father, got into it with one of the rioters, it got physical, and Gardner shot the guy, who later died. Gardner is a military vet, who spent time in Iraq and Haiti, and apparently had some issues adjusting to civilian life, as many vets do. The DA chose not to pursue charges, but then a grand jury brought forth a finding for charges to be filed. Gardner faced all kinds of backlash and threats on social media, and feared for his safety if he returned to Omaha. Looks like he chose to end his life..which is really tragic.

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