Gladstone, Oregon – Jeffrey Giddings was sentenced on Friday for an incident where he shot a police officer in August 2016. He apologized to one victim, thanked his attorney, and cursed police afterward.
According to Oregon Live, Giddings apologized to one victim that he held hostage during the ordeal, Liz Mincer, and asked for forgiveness. He thanked his attorney Shannon Wilson, and then saluted a friend in the galley and told her he loved her.
He then turned to Gladstone Sergeant Lee Jundt, who he shot during the ordeal and whose police career was ended because of the injury. He said that he wanted to make sure that Officer Jundt knew he wasn’t a coward and that he would have been if he had surrendered his gun during the incident. And that was it for Officer Jundt – he didn’t apologize or ask for forgiveness.
Jeffrey Giddings then addressed law enforcement in general and said, while looking directly into a TV camera behind him, “And to the rest of law enforcement, fuck the police. Thank you. That’s all I have to say.”
Judge Jeffrey Jones then held Giddings in contempt, and sentenced him to 30 days in jail, to be served before he starts his prison sentence.
The initial incident occurred on August 8th, 2016 about 6:20 PM, according to KGW. A Gladstone Police Officer tried to stop Giddings, who was on a bicycle, who then fled and tried to elude police.
Jeffrey Giddings had recently left a halfway house without permission. Sergeant Jundt located Giddings in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant. Giddings fired at Sergeant Jundt 15 times as he was still inside his patrol car, and then ran into the Subway, where he took two employees hostage.
Several other people were able to escape from the restaurant. It is not clear how many times Sergeant Jundt was struck, but there was at least one bullet that struck his arm. That injury has since ended his career as a Gladstone Police Officer.
One employee, Danielle Starkey, was able to escape after being taken hostage, but Giddings refused to let the second employee, Liz Mincer, go free. He told her that he needed a hostage, “a human shield”, because the police were after him.
Liz Mincer convinced Giddings that she needed to use the bathroom, and while she was in the bathroom, SWAT Officers shot Giddings through the front windows of the restaurant. He was hit in the chest and the hand but recovered. Giddings has a lengthy criminal history with more than two dozen convictions since 1991.
Sergeant Jundt struggled while reading his victim impact statement in court and became very emotional. He thanked all of the Officers who had responded that day, and all of the detectives and attorneys who had worked on the case. He called Giddings a coward and said “May you be in torment for the entirety of your sentence.” He noted that he believed God had spared him, Liz Mincer, and Danielle Starkey.
He said that he forgives Jeffrey Giddings but that he will never forget. He began openly sobbing after returning to his seat in the courtroom. Danielle Starkey was unable to give a statement in court because she said that anything she said “wouldn’t have been nice” and she didn’t want to disrespect the Judge or anyone else.
Liz Mincer said that she still wakes up in a cold sweat and has flashbacks. She said that she had to forgive him to move on but that he took her life away and “and now his life is taken away.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue for hero Sergeant Lee Jundt, Liz Mincer, and Danielle Starkey. One act of violence from a lowlife thug that should have been in prison permanently changed the lives of three people forever.
Jeffrey Giddings pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder, First-Degree Kidnapping, First-Degree Criminal Mischief, Coercion, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Methamphetamine.