Bend shot a suspect accused of the murder of Barry Washington, Jr.
A man from central Oregon has been charged with the death of Barry Washington Jr, 22, shot outside a nightclub in Bend on September 19.
Police arrested Ian MacKenzie Cranston at his Redmond home Thursday evening, shortly after a Deschutes County grand jury returned an indictment on six counts: second degree murder, manslaughter first degree, second degree manslaughter, first degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a lethal weapon.
Washington, a black man, was unarmed at the time of his death. Cranston, the accused shooter, is white. The shooting has sparked outrage from racial justice advocates in Bend, a city where more than 90 percent of the residents are white, and gun violence in the city center is rare.
The district attorney told the OPB that evidence suggests the men did not know each other until the night of the shooting, when Washington approached Cranston’s girlfriend, Allison Butler.
At a press conference after Cranston’s arrest, Hummel described the case in racial terms.
âOur country has a shameful history of bashing, chasing and lynching black men for talking to white women. Over the past week, hundreds of people have called and emailed me reminding me of this story, âHummel said. “There is a calculation with the running that has to happen in central Oregon, and it has to happen now.”
Prosecutors in the Cranston case did not seek a grand jury charge of bias, Hummel said, adding that they are still investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.
Defense attorney representing Cranston, Kevin Sali, could not be reached immediately for comment on the indictment.
The district attorney told OPB that various security cameras clearly record interactions between Washington and three other people: Butler, Cranston and an anonymous friend of Cranston. The encounter resulted in a brawl on the sidewalk outside the bar, with shoves and punches.
Butler posted a cellphone video of the fight to local media this week. The shaky footage shows only seconds of scrambling between Washington and another person before the fatal gunshot cracked and landed. The recording lasts almost a minute after Washington is on the ground. Butler seems to walk away and talk to passers-by. Cranston helped and applied pressure to the wound, according to Hummel.
Bend police officers who responded to the scene were criticized by the Washington family for initially arresting Cranston on a single charge of second degree manslaughter. Cranston posted bail on the charge and was released from jail within 24 hours.
Cranston is due in court on October 5. He is currently in the Deschutes County Jail on a bail warrant, Hummel said.
Since the shooting, hundreds of people have attended vigils for Washington.
âHe was a nerd, there’s no other way to put it. He loved to play PokÃ©mon. He played Nintendo every day, âsaid Max Petersen, a longtime friend from Washington and roommate at Bend.
Washington moved to the area over the summer and Petersen said he encouraged his friend to come from the bay area.
âI told him it would be a safe environment here. But, that was obviously a lie.
At one of the vigils, black speakers shared their experiences of racism in central Oregon. Several people described being harassed while driving or intimidated by trucks and revving engines.