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Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announces a grand jury indictment for a second-degree murder charge against Ian Cranston in the shooting death of Barry Washington Jr. at a downtown bar in Bend. Hummel made the surprise announcement Thursday night, Sept. 30, 2021.

A grand jury indicted Ian Mackenzie Cranston on Thursday with a charge of second-degree murder and five other charges in connection with the Sept. 19 shooting death of Barry Washington Jr., a young Black man, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said during a rare downtown press conference Thursday night. 

Bend Police arrested Cranston, of Redmond, late Thursday. He was lodged in the Deschutes County jail and is being held without bail, said Hummel, who held his press conference across the street from where the shooting took place. Cranston faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.  

“Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting, and lynching black men for talking to white women," Hummel said in a statement issued after the press conference. "Over the last week, hundreds of people called and emailed me to remind me of this history; I responded to every one of you."

Authorities have previously said the 22-year-old Washington was shot about 12:11 a.m. Sept. 19 after leaving the Capitol nightclub in downtown Bend. Cranston, 27, is alleged to have pulled a gun and shot Washington after Washington spoke to Cranston’s girlfriend, which angered Cranston. Cranston, who is white, was initially arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter, but he later posted $10,000 bail and was released, angering many in the community. 

After Hummel announced the charges to a crowd of about 20 people, there were audible expressions of relief. 

Before the press conference, Hummel told Washington's mother, Lawanda Roberson, of the indictment. He expressed his condolences for the loss of her son. She thanked God, Hummel said. 

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(8) comments

61446

John Hummel is a wannabe politician. He gets as much free publicity as possible. All I know about this tragic incident is the video on Central Oregon Daily News showing Washington as an aggressor and the accused having a black eye?

MF

If that’s all you know then stop commenting. There’s a lot of info out there. There were cameras filming the altercation, thus the grand jury indictment.

Dummy

Doesn't take much for a grand jury to indict you happen to me too all it takes is a lying woman or a lying person of color and Hummel will bend over backwards and believe anything they say only because they're not used to these people but if you live in a big sanctuary City these are the people committing the crimes not the white people just saying too many white apologists in Bend they definitely did not grow up in the San Francisco Bay area like myself white people are the minority there you get treated like s*** there if you're white all the darkies gang up on you but you guys wouldn't know about that life. Look at who's committing all the crimes in Portland definitely not the white people you can keep giving these people excuses all you want but his attitude got him killed hitting on someone else's girlfriend is the issue not the color I respectable man doesn't do s*** like that unless they want their a** beat

Transitory Inflation

'“Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting, and lynching black men for talking to white women,"'

So tired of this man's grandstanding. Just do your job, it's a handful. Prosecute this man, on these allegations. Save the histrionics for your campaigning.

Ctrombley

Which part of the statement do you disagree with? That this is our country‘s history? Or that it’s disgraceful?

Troy96

Why did the shooter have a black eye in the mugshot? Clearly more happened than the victim just talking to his girlfriend… I’m just curious about everything that happened.

Pnwbenny

The boyfriend confronted Washington which escalated into a fight with fists. The boyfriend pulled out a gun and shot Washington. The girlfriend laughed. They are two disgusting humans

Dummy

Maybe Washington shouldn't of acted harder than he was, that's the problem with his race, they commit crimes and terrorize people around the globe they don't assimilate and only cause problems...but what's worse is the white apologists that enable bad behavior and make heroes out of zeros. ... I hope dude gets aqquited. the DA is known for being an idiot he won't be able to prove murder on a manslaughter case😉

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