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Grand jury finds no criminal wrongdoing by Mary’s Club bouncer in Old Town shootout that left one dead, another wounded

OregonLive.com 8/19/2022 Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive.com
Lauren Teyshawn Abbott Jr., a 19-year-old Portland man, told county officials four months ago that he feared for his life, according to court records. On July 29, about 9:30 p.m., he was fatally shot near Northwest Fifth Avenue and Couch Street. © Maxine Bernstein/oregonlive.com/TNS Lauren Teyshawn Abbott Jr., a 19-year-old Portland man, told county officials four months ago that he feared for his life, according to court records. On July 29, about 9:30 p.m., he was fatally shot near Northwest Fifth Avenue and Couch Street.

A Multnomah County grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by Jascha D. Manny, the 32-year-old Mary’s Club bouncer who shot and killed a 19-year-old Lauren Abbott Jr. after Abbott pulled a gun out and fired first on an Old Town street on July 29.

Manny had clocked in to work security at Mary’s Club, at West Burnside Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue, at 8:33 p.m. and he was involved in a shootout about an hour later along Northwest Fifth Avenue.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Palmer met Thursday afternoon via video conference with the lawyers for 23-year-old Kolby Ross, who was also wounded that night.

Palmer shared that investigators obtained TriMet bus video surveillance that showed Abbott pulled a gun on and fired at Manny and Manny fired back in self-defense, Ross’ lawyers Michael Fuller and Emily Templeton said in separate interviews.

The two lawyers said the prosecutor told them Manny had confronted Abbott, who was making offensive remarks to homeless people on the street. Abbott fell to the ground and when he got up, he pulled a gun and fired at Manny, the lawyers said Palmer told them.

Ross was standing behind Abbott when he was struck by bullets, the lawyers said they learned in the meeting with Palmer after the grand jury’s decision.

The grand jury found no evidence to support murder or assault charges against Manny, the lawyers said they were told.

Elisabeth Shepard, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, confirmed the grand jury returned no indictment stemming from the shooting. She declined to discuss the outcome of the investigation.

Manny’s lawyer, John E. Gutbezahl, issued this statement on his client’s behalf: “Mr. Manny expresses pain for having had to take the life of Lauren Abbott Jr. and feels for his family. We are pleased with the outcome of grand jury as Mr. Manny was acting in self defense, but it is up to our city leaders to act to prevent situations where citizens have to defend themselves. We are concerned that more situations like this will continue to increase and are calling on our city leaders to promote not just law enforcement reform but support for law enforcement  to have sufficient numbers of qualified officers on our streets. Mr. Manny wishes this situation never happened, and his heart goes out to the family and calls for the community to come together to promote love, respect and building ties.”

Fuller noted that Ross wasn’t armed. Ross is pursuing a civil negligence and battery lawsuit against Manny and Mary’s Club, alleging Ross did nothing to provoke the shooting and was shot as he was trying to get away, according to the suit and his lawyers.

Manny isn’t certified to work as an armed private security guard, only as an unarmed guard, state records show.

Manny, though, does have a concealed weapons permit, Ross’ lawyers said Palmer told them.

Ross, according to his lawyers, saw Manny leave his post outside the club and walk up to confront Abbott, who was talking to a man sitting on the sidewalk, then fatally shoot Abbott after Abbott pulled a gun during a dispute. Ross said he had met Abbott that night, hours earlier at a nearby tattoo shop. Ross was walking with a friend and Abbott back to the tattoo studio when Abbott said something to a man on the sidewalk, drawing Manny’s attention, the lawyers said.

Abbott was pronounced dead at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Manny was treated for a graze wound that night at a local hospital, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Ross was shot twice in the stomach and once behind his leg. He underwent surgery and testified before the grand jury from a hospital bed, his lawyers said. He has since been released from the hospital.

The state Department of Public Safety Standards & Training, which certifies private security in Oregon, is conducting an investigation into Manny’s role in the shooting.

— Maxine Bernstein

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