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Barry Washington Jr: White man shoots Black man who complimented his girlfriend

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An Oregon man identified as Ian Cranston has been charged with murder for fatally shooting a Black man, Barry Washington, who allegedly complimented his white girlfriend outside of a local bar.

27-year-old Ian Cranston was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon for the death of 22-year-old Barry Washington Jr. Mercury News reported.

On Sept. 19, Washington reportedly approached a white woman outside the Capitol Club and gave her a compliment.

The woman told Washington that she had a boyfriend.

Ian Cranston, White man shoots Black man, Barry Washington Jr., who complimented his white girlfriend

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said the young man “responded appropriately” to her turning down his advances.

Later that night, however, Washington became involved in a physical altercation outside of the bar with Cranston and other people he was with. “Some words were exchanged, and some punches were thrown,” Hummel said.

Cranston reportedly “pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot,” striking Washington once. 

He was transported to a local hospital where he later passed away. Cranston was arrested that night on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter but was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.