Headline: Iraq war vet was attacked and defended himself; political correctness got him indicted, now he's dead
By Pat Droney, September 21, 2020 [edited for brevity]
On May 30, Jake Gardner, an owner of a Nebraska bar and a military veteran who served two tours in Iraq was attacked outside his bar by “peaceful” protesters who were rioting, er, protesting in Omaha after the death of George Floyd. On Sept 20, Gardner killed himself, law enforcement officials and Gardner’s lawyers said.
The Epoch Times said that Gardner fatally shot one of his attackers, 22-year-old James Scurlock. The details were submitted to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, who found Gardner’s actions “justified,” telling reporters the next week that the incident was clearly self-defense.
Author Droney then gave the details.
Gardner’s attorney Stu Dornan said, “Bottom line. Gardner lost his bars [a landlord ended his lease after the shooting], his home, his livelihood. And he was about to lose his freedom. Add in behavioral health concerns, and suicide was not a surprise,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Droney said, "Jake Gardner is another victim. A victim of an endless war in the Middle East and a victim to political correctness and the woke, mob mentality that has overtaken our country in the past four months. Sadly, there will likely be many more Jake Gardner’s."
[Gardner is on the left. Scurlock is on the right.]