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Bullet fired in bar fight grazes head of a bystander.

Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard

A shot fired during a scuffle between a bar patron and a bouncer grazed the head of a bystander among about 30 people outside a downtown Eugene nightspot early Sunday.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Eugene man, Mathew James Hangsleben.

The 2:22 a.m. incident began about closing time when the patron refused to leave the Indigo District at 13th Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene police Detective Ralph Burks said.

The man tussled with a bar security employee while being escorted out, and the scuffle continued into the middle of 13th Avenue, where the man pulled a 9 mm pistol, Burks said. The struggle escalated as the security employee and several bystanders tried to take the gun away from the man.

The weapon fired, grazing 24-year-old Julian Pscheid on the top of the head and lodging in a metal window frame of the building.

Pscheid, a University of Oregon graduate now living in Portland, said he initially thought he'd been struck by a rock propelled by an explosion because the window behind him did not break. He said he was standing about 20 feet from the altercation.

Several minutes passed before he realized a shot had been fired and he'd nearly been killed. Pscheid said he then found the bullet hole and showed it to police.

"A half-inch lower, and I would be dead," said Pscheid, who was visiting friends in Eugene for Saturday's football game.

He said the incident left him feeling lucky but angry. Pscheid said he hopes the gunman is harshly punished.

"It's my luck I didn't die because of his absolute stupidity," Pscheid said. "Just because I got lucky and didn't die doesn't mean he should get lucky."

Hangsleben is in the Lane County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree assault, felony assault, reckless endangering, unlawful use of a weapon and criminal mischief, according to jail records.

Hangsleben served four years in the U.S. Army, including two deployments to the Middle East. He worked with an Army bomb squad, disarming insurgent bombs, according to an Internet Web site carrying a letter from Hangsleben and photographs of him in uniform.

Lane County sheriff's records show that Hangsleben was issued a concealed handgun license two months ago. No court dates have been set.
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Title Annotation:Crime
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 27, 2005
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