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Grand jury clears bouncer who shot gunman at Portland strip club

PORTLAND, Ore. The Multnomah County District Attorney says no criminal charges will be filed against a bouncer who fatally shot a masked gunman at a Portland strip club.

The DA's office announced Friday that a grand jury determined that Jonathan Baer's actions were justified under Oregon law.

The masked man 43-year-old Thomas Hjelmeland shot a bouncer in the head Jan. 11 and was leaving the Mystic Gentleman's Club when he was shot in the back by Baer.

Hjelmeland died five days later.

The wounded bouncer 26-year-old Brian Rizzo remains in a Portland hospital.

Detectives learned that Hjelmeland was denied entry at the club by Rizzo earlier that night. Hjelmeland returned later wearing a Halloween-style mask and shot at Rizzo, hitting him and two other victims.

Baer has a valid concealed handgun license, police said.

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