Grand jury to review bouncer’s actions in shooting

FILE - This mug shot from April 2013 shows 43-year-old Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland, who is suspected of opening fire at a Portland strip club on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, injuring three people. (Multnomah County Jail)
FILE - This mug shot from April 2013 shows 43-year-old Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland, who is suspected of opening fire at a Portland strip club on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, injuring three people. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury will meet next week to review whether a bouncer was justified in fatally shooting a masked gunman who shot his co-worker in the head at a Portland strip club.

Authorities say 31-year-old Jonathan Baer followed the gunman after the Jan. 11 shooting and then fired. An autopsy found the masked gunman — Thomas Hjelmeland — died from a gunshot wound to the back.

Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Don Rees told The Oregonian that the grand jury will begin hearing testimony Jan. 30. He says the bouncer does not have the extra powers afforded peace officers in the state and will be viewed as a private person would be under state law.

The bouncer who was shot remains in critical condition.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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