- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Springfield, Ore., police say they’re trying to determine whether a fatal shooting after a car crash was justifiable self-defense.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/KRMhQz ) that 53-year-old David Paul Crofut of Springfield was fatally shot Wednesday night, shortly after his SUV collided with the back of a pickup driven by 34-year-old Gerald Roy Strebendt, also of Springfield.

Sgt. David Lewis says police seized a gun from Strebendt, who has not been arrested. The newspaper describes him as a former Marine Corps sniper who has competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship events as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.

Police met with Lane County prosecutors Thursday to discuss the case.

Lewis says investigators have no information to suggest the two men knew each other before Wednesday but are trying to determine if their paths crossed before the collision. Police say Crofut recently moved from the Tacoma, Wash., area.

The officer says Strebendt was one of several people who called 911 to report the shooting.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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