Police investigating deadly shooting involving former UFC fighter Gerald Strebendt
The former fighter was involved in the shooting a week ago in Springfield, Oregon where he got into an accident with 53-year old David Crofut. According to Strebent's statement to police as well as his attorney retained in the matter, Crofut was shot dead after he threatened the former fighter's life and self-defense was the only recourse.
Representatives from the Springfield Police Department told FOX Sports on Tuesday that the investigation into the shooting is still ongoing and at this time no charges had been filed against Strebendt in the case.
Since the shooting happened, additional information has been made available to the public including Strebendt's weapon – a .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle – that he carried in the back of his car, which was then used in the shooting. There is no law in Oregon that prevents a person from carrying such a weapon in their vehicle, so in that regard Strebendt was within his legal rights.
Strebendt called 911 from his vehicle and the emergency responder was still on the phone when the shooting occurred.
The ongoing investigation is looking into Strebendt's claims of self-defense, which led to the shooting. Oregon law states a person cannot use deadly force as a form of self-defense unless the other party is also threatening with deadly force to harm them.
Crofut was unarmed during the altercation.
The evidence gathered in the case will eventually be turned over to the grand jury before a decision is made if Strebendt will face legal charges stemming from the shooting or if his claim of self-defense will close the case.
Strebendt, 34, is a former Marine sniper who competed in the UFC on a single occasion back in 2003 when he lost to Josh Thomson via first round knockout. Strebendt continued fighting until his last bout happened in 2008 before he exited the competitive circuit for the final time.