Family of man fatally shot in Mingle Lounge files $4.9 million negligence suit against owner of Portland club – OregonLive

Family of man fatally shot in Mingle Lounge files .9 million negligence suit against owner of Portland club – OregonLive

Family of man fatally shot in Mingle Lounge files .9 million negligence suit against owner of Portland club – OregonLive

Only two of more than 50 people who were inside the bar at the time of the Aug. 22, 2021, deadly shooting agreed to be interviewed by Portland police, homicide Det. Mike Jones testified during a court hearing last year.
The estate of JaMarie Herring Sr. has filed a $4.9 million negligence and wrongful death suit against the owner of the Mingle Lounge where Herring was fatally shot last year by the owner’s son.
The lawsuit alleges Rolando L. MIngledoff Sr. failed to develop adequate security plans or have club security use proper pat-down techniques to inspect and ensure people didn’t take weapons into the club in the city’s Old Town entertainment district.
The suit also accuses the club owner of continuing to serve visibly drunk customers, failing to enforce age restrictions or a cover charge and failing to protect patrons from “an unreasonably dangerous, tense and violent atmosphere.”
Attorney David Wallace filed the suit on behalf of a personal representative of Herring’s estate against 23-year-old Rolando Lafenus Mingledoff Jr., the man accused of murder; his father, Rolando Lafenus Mingledoff Sr., owner of the Mingle Lounge; and Assurance Protection Services.
Herring, 25, was shot during a bar fight in the back VIP section of the lounge just before closing on Aug. 22, according to police and prosecutors. He collapsed outside the club, where he was pronounced dead.
Drinks were thrown and fistfights broke out among several people before Herring stepped into the melee.
Herring walked up to the younger Mingledoff in the back room and punched him in the head, knocking him down onto a padded lounge bench, according to video played in court. Mingledoff Jr. popped back up to his feet and fired a 9mm handgun once, hitting Herring in the back, according to the video.The single bullet traveled through Herring’s lung and pierced his heart.
Mingledoff Jr.’s lawyers Whitney Boise and Kendra Matthews have argued in court that Mingledoff Jr. fired the shot to stop a threat and urged the judge to set bail in the case.
The judge denied bail, calling it an “execution-style” killing, noting the muzzle of Mingledoff Jr.’s handgun appeared 3 to 4 feet from Herring when he fired into his back.
Mingledoff Sr., reached by phone Friday, said of the suit, “I can’t comment or speak on the matter at this time.”
The club has remained closed since the shooting, according to Bryant Haley, a spokesperson for the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. The commission is awaiting the outcome of the prosecution before pursuing any potential regulatory steps, he said.
Several people, including Herring, were armed with guns that night and were able to pass through club security with them, according to testimony and video played in court during Mingledoff Jr.’s bail hearing. Mingledoff Jr. was allowed into the bar without paying the cover fee or going through security, according to court testimony.
Herring’s death prompted a vigil later that night outside the bar, where five other men were shot in a suspected drive-by shooting, police said. Herring’s killing was one of at least 92 homicides in the city in 2021, a record year.
The suit seeks $1.9 million in economic damages and $3 million in non-economic damages.
— Maxine Bernstein
Email at mbernstein@oregonian.com; 503-221-8212
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