Lowes Security Guard Gets Life For Murder

A security guard shot a man to death in a Portland Lowe’s parking lot. Logan Gimbel was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Logan Gimbel who was convicted of murdering Freddy Nelson in 2021.

In the suit, it was explained that Freddy Nelson, 49, and his wife Kari Nelson walked into the store. The security guard Gimbel blocked their car, then went inside the store and told Nelson that he was under arrest. The couple left the store, got into their car and tried to leave. An irate Gimbel pepper-sprayed the couple through a window. The couple was blocked from leaving. The civil suit claims that Gimbel fired fatal shots into the windshield that hit Nelson .

It looked to be a set up. The lawsuit alleges that security guards were told to harass and intimidate Nelson. Nelson’s wife filed the civil lawsuit against the owners of the property and the security company that hired Gimbel. Court documents indicate that there was a personal dispute between Nelson, the land owners and the Cornerstone Security Group. 

The jury sent a message to Gimbel who they found guilty of second-degree murder. He shot Freddy Nelson while he was sitting in his truck. He was also found guilty of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree unlawful use of mace. The jury found Gimbel not guilty of recklessly endangering another person.

The wife is suing Lowes and security company Cornerstone Security Group who employed the man who shot her husband for $25 million. ORS 161.219 explains the law about the use of deadly force. “a person is not justified in using deadly physical force upon another person unless the person reasonably believes that the other person is: committing or attempting to commit a felony involving the use or threatened imminent use of physical force against a person; or committing or attempting to commit a burglary in a dwelling or using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force against a person.”