FBI: Man admits to shooting outside Tacoma casino, claims self-defense

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An FBI agent says the man accused of killing a motorist outside the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma admitted shooting the man, but said it was self-defense.

Photo of Jeremy Schlenker, the suspect in Saturday's fatal shooting at Emerald Queen Casino. Photo courtesy of the Marion County (OR) Sheriff's Office.

Photo of Jeremy Schlenker, the suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting at Emerald Queen Casino. Photo courtesy of the Marion County (OR) Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities captured 27-year-old Jeremy Schlenker on Saturday as he drove on I-5 near Salem, Oregon.

FBI special agent Michael Brown says in court documents that Schlenker blocked Brandon Williams’ car from backing out of a parking space. Authorities say Schlenker then exchanged words with Williams before pistol whipping and shooting him.

Brown says the killing was caught on video, and witnessed by a security guard and the passengers in Williams’ car.

According to Brown, Schlenker confessed after being read his Miranda rights, but said he acted in self-defense.

The documents reveal that a 9-1-1 dispatcher was told an hour before the shooting that Schlenker pulled a gun on his girlfriend and assaulted her.

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