Dozens of new photos from “Dimebag” Darrell slaying surface

In the wake of recent nightclub shootings in Florida, a Columbus TV station (WBNS-10TV) has released dozens of never-seen-before photos of a tragic Columbus shooting 12 years ago. On December 8, 2004, former Marine Nathan Gale rushed onstage at a Damageplan show and began firing shots at the band and audience at Alrosa Villa nightclub.

Former Columbus Police officer Jim Niggemeyer shot and killed Gale after responding to distress calls at the club. To this day, Niggemeyer’s haunted by the events.


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“Absolutely it still lingers,” he said. “For me, 12 years later I still see a psychologist. I still take my medication which helps out a lot.”

Niggemeyer said he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among other things.

He said the department forced him to retire because his condition disqualified him as a first responder. What he saw still haunts him.

“You don’t have control of your brain. I am living proof that you have no control the nightmares and flashbacks and all the stuff that happens you can’t shut it off,” he said.

Niggemeyer’s actions saved countless lives.

“I have come to realize had we not reacted as fast as we had there would have been more casualties and the hostage for sure would not have made it,” he said. (via 10TV)

Many believe Gale, who had a history of mental illness, was upset over the breakup of Pantera and explicitly targeted the former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Police have never released a motive, though.

You can view the slideshow by following the link below:

10TV also ran a related story that chronicles that aftermath of the shooting:

Every year, musicians gather to pay tribute to Dimebag at a fundraiser dubbed Dimebash. Check out our coverage of this year’s Dimebash here.

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