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Friday, 01/31/2014, 09:25 pm

Former UFC Fighter Involved in Fatal Shooting, Claims Self-Defense

Former UFC fighter Gerald Strebendt was involved in a fatal shooting in Springfield, Oregon Wednesday night, and reports indicate Strebendt acted in self-defense.


By Christopher Murphy | Twitter

Police in Springfield, Oregon are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night.  Involved in the shooting was former UFC fighter Gerald Strebendt.

Local news source KVAL reported the incident, stating that no arrests have been made.

David Paul Crofut died of apparent gunshot wounds, and according to Sgt. David Lewis, the “preliminary indication” is that Strebendt was the shooter.  Police are still investigating, but the case “remains open and uncharged at this point because there’s been a claim of self-defense.”

An earlier report states that Strebendt and Crofut were involved in a car crash, began arguing, and the shooting happened.

Strebendt fought professionally for seven years, earning a record fo 9-7.  He made it to the UFC in 2003, fighting once for the organization at UFC 44.


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