ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder-Suicide: Four Dead: Oregon

Paragraph three reads:  “The reports also indicates that Clackamas
County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeffrey A. Grahn was taking antidepressants that
can trigger suicidal thoughts. Grahn also told witnesses he had a
couple of drinks before heading out on what would become a horrific
shooting rampage.”

Last three paragraphs read:  “He then grabbed Charlotte and hustled
her out a door near the bandstand. Once out in the alley, he pulled a
.40-caliber Glock 27 semiautomatic pistol from his sweatshirt pocket,
placed it against her head and fired.”

“Grahn then went back into the club and shot Schulmerich in the back
of the head, execution-style. He shot Hoffmeister in the face.”

“In the ensuing chaos, Grahn went back out in the alley, put the
pistol in his mouth and fired his fourth fatal shot.”

http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2010/02/post.html

Reports detail jealousy, suspicion behind Clackamas sergeant’s murder-suicide

By Rick Bella, The Oregonian

February 26, 2010, 6:15PM

GRESHAM — In the end, age-old jealousy and suspicion fueled an
off-duty sheriff’s sergeant’s blinding rage, culminating in a Feb. 12
triple murder-suicide at a Gresham lounge.

Complete report online
Gresham police released the complete report Friday into the Feb. 12
shooting rampage at the M&M Lounge.
That’s the conclusion that emerges from hundreds of pages of
investigative reports released Friday by Gresham police.

The reports also indicates that Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt.
Jeffrey A. Grahn was taking antidepressants that can trigger suicidal
thoughts. Grahn also told witnesses he had a couple of drinks before
heading out on what would become a horrific shooting rampage.

The reports, forming a two-inch-thick stack, detail interviews with 53
witnesses, seven members of victims’ families and eight other people.
In all, 40 police officers from Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Oregon
State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office worked on the
reports.

 Also Friday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office released a
separate report on a 2009 investigation of domestic abuse allegations
against the same sergeant.

The reports provide new information about the Grahns’ relationship and
Jeffrey Grahn’s actions.

According to interviews, Grahn and his wife, Charlotte M. Grahn, were
trying to repair what had been a volatile marriage. Grahn had moved
back to their Boring-area home after ending an affair with a Clackamas
County Courthouse employee.

Meanwhile, Grahn had tried to befriend other women through Facebook,
at one time carrying on sexually tinged conversations with a married
woman, all while telling friends he suspected his wife was cheating.

On Feb. 12, Charlotte Grahn and four friends went on a “ladies night
out” to Gresham’s Fourth Street Brewing Co. for dinner. Two friends
then went home, and Charlotte Grahn continued on to the M&M Lounge &
Restaurant with Kathleen Hoffmeister and Victoria Schulmerich to hear
some music.

Around 9:45 p.m., Jeffrey Grahn drove up to the M&M in a white pickup
and bulled his way into the crowded lounge and confronted his wife,
who was sitting at a table with Hoffmeister and Schulmerich. Grahn
then picked up a glass of beer and threw it in Schulmerich’s face,
yelling “What are you doing, bringing my wife into a place like
this?!”

He then grabbed Charlotte and hustled her out a door near the
bandstand. Once out in the alley, he pulled a .40-caliber Glock 27
semiautomatic pistol from his sweatshirt pocket, placed it against her
head and fired.

Grahn then went back into the club and shot Schulmerich in the back of
the head, execution-style. He shot Hoffmeister in the face.

In the ensuing chaos, Grahn went back out in the alley, put the pistol
in his mouth and fired his fourth fatal shot.

— Rick Bella


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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Violence: Stand-Off: Oregon

Paragraph 3 reads:  “According to a Clackamas County
Sheriff’s report, Hatcher took a large amount of antidepressant
medication
coupled with alcohol
just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 and
turned violent. Family members fled the home, called the police and said Hatcher
wanted responding officers to shoot him. Emergency responders began arriving
shortly after the call and attempted to initiate communication with
Hatcher.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states
that antidepressants can cause a craving for
alcohol and alcohol abuse. Also, the liver
cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously,  thus
leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the
human body.

http://www.estacadanews.com/news/story.php?story_id=125878060687193400

Standoff with armed gunman ends peacefully

SWAT team called in to negotiate with Estacada man

By Evan Jensen

The
Estacada News, Nov 20, 2009

Bret Hatcher.

Submitted
photo / Estacada News

Twenty-five miles east of downtown Estacada,
near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station on Highway 224, a mentally disturbed
Estacada man went on a rampage Nov. 18, breaking windows, chasing family members
from the home and firing shots from a .22-caliber rifle.

But after a
two-hour standoff with Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies and SWAT negotiators,
Brent A. Hatcher, 28, was taken into custody and booked in the Clackamas County
Jail for unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment, with bail set at
$200,000. Charges of attempted murder were dropped, but Hatcher remains in jail
under close supervision.

According to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s
report, Hatcher took a large amount of antidepressant medication coupled with
alcohol just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 and turned violent. Family members fled
the home, called the police and said Hatcher wanted responding officers to shoot
him. Emergency responders began arriving shortly after the call and attempted to
initiate communication with Hatcher.

“At 10:14 p.m., Bret Hatcher
answered the telephone at the resident and declared repeatedly that he had a
rifle and would shoot to kill,” CCSO Public Information Officer Jim Strovink
said.

At 10:22 p.m., deputies at the rear entrance of the residence
saw Hatcher exit the residence with rifle in hand. While the Special Weapon and
Tactics Team was being mobilized, deputies continued to try and make contact
with Hatcher, then heard two gunshots fired in their direction.

“The
stationed deputies on the perimeter could hear the rounds whipping through the
tree line in close proximity to where they were positioned,” CCSO Capt. Kevin
Layng said.

At 11:16 p.m., SWAT negotiators made contact with Hatcher by
phone and continued to attempt to calm him and develop an exit plan to take
Hatcher into custody without anyone getting hurt.

“Clackamas County’s
SWAT negotiators receive extensive training in the art of communicating with
people in challenging situations, especially those with mental-health issues,”
Strovink said. “… An estimated 35 percent of all inmates at the Clackamas County
Jail suffer from some form of mental-health issue.”

SWAT negotiators were
able to take Hatcher into custody without incident and transport him to the
Clackamas County Jail. Upon collecting evidence from the scene, investigators
found that the .22-caliber weapon Hatcher fired had malfunctioned and one round
was found jammed in the chamber, making the weapon inoperable.

“This
incident involves a man mixing his medication with alcohol, destroying his home,
chasing his family from the resident, and then arming himself with a rifle…”
Strovink said. “… but it did have a successful conclusion. He was safely brought
into police custody, with no injuries to anyone. … The SWAT negotiators did a
commendable job, calmly managing a difficult and threatening subject on the
phone and securing a peaceful
surrender.”

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