A Portland Lowe’s Parking Lot Security Officer Was Sentenced to Life

A private security guard was given a life sentence for murder at a Lowe’s parking lot in 2021 by a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge. On Tuesday, May 23, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that Logan Conrad Gimbel had been given a life sentence with the chance of parole after 25 years.

A jury found Gimbel guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month for the May 2021 shooting death of Freddy Nelson in the Lowe’s parking lot near Delta Park in North Portland. Nelson’s age at the time was 49. Gimbel was also found guilty of second-degree unlawful use of mace and criminal weapon use. The jury found Gimbel not guilty of risking someone else’s life by irresponsible behavior.

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Officers discovered Nelson’s body in the North Hayden Meadows Drive parking lot east of Interstate 5 at approximately 6:40 p.m. on May 29, 2021. The coroner deemed Nelson’s death a homicide after discovering he had been shot many times.

A Portland Lowe's Parking Lot Security Officer Was Sentenced to Life

Nelson’s widow sued the property owners and the security firm that employed Gimbel in a civil suit. According to the evidence presented in court, Nelson, the land’s owners, and the Cornerstone Security Group were involved in a heated personal quarrel.

Security personnel were allegedly instructed to keep an eye on Nelson and harass and threaten him, according to the complaint. The legal suit claims that after Nelson and his wife entered the store, Gimbel blocked their car and went inside to inform Nelson that he was under arrest.

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After the couple exited the business and got into their vehicle, Gimbel allegedly pepper sprayed them through the window as they drove away. Gimbel stopped the car by himself and ordered the occupants to remain still. According to the lawsuit, the Nelsons obliged, but Gimbel shot through the windshield, injuring Nelson.

According to a report by OPB, Gimbel claimed he acted in self-defense after thinking Nelson would run him over. He did not have a concealed carry permit at the time of the shooting. According to the Multnomah County district attorney’s office, Gimbel is now detained and will serve his time at the Department of Corrections.

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