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James Niggemeyer Talks About Deadly Nightclub Shooting

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Ohio's NBC 4 is reporting that a Columbus police officer talked publicly for the first time about a deadly shooting at an Ohio nightclub which claimed the lives of five people, including PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Officer James Niggemeyer was the first officer to arrive at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in December after a gunman killed four people and took another hostage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert.

With no backup, Niggemeyer did what he felt was necessary to save lives. He fired one shot and killed Nathan Gale, who was on stage and still had the hostage locked in his arms.

"You just hope you never are involved in something like this," Niggemeyer said of the incident.

Killed in the shooting were: Abbott, 38; Nathan Bray, 23, of Grove City; Erin Halk, 29, of Columbus; Jeff Thompson, 40, of Texas; and Gale, 25.

Niggemeyer said he didn't know much about what was going on when he entered the nightclub.

"We just knew what we were being told on the radio," he said. "You always hope you can get there quicker, save more lives."

Many praised Niggemeyer for his actions. While the nightclub has reopened after renovations and bands once again take the stage, the officer said a day doesn't go when he doesn't think of that deadly December night.

"I remember the names of all five of the victims that night," Niggemeyer said. "I remember the date. I remember everything really well, and I'm sure I'll never forget it."

Niggemeyer said he has received e-mails from around the world since the incident.

"A lot of the e-mails were saying, you know, they were heavy metal rockers, and they never got along with police in the past," Niggemeyer said. "And this really changed their view on how police are now where they live and how they treat police now. And I think that's great."

When asked if he would do it again, he said, "Absolutely, if I had to."

Niggemeyer is one of eight finalists for a bravery award provided by "America's Most Wanted". They were chosen from thousands of nominations from across the nation.

People can vote to determine the winner on the "America's Most Wanted" web site.

The winner will be announced May 28.

"Nobody wants to really glorify what we have to do, but it's nice that somebody recognizes positive aspects of law enforcement and firefighting," Niggemeyer said.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. IBeatUpGoths writes:

DAMN STRAIGHT, VOTE FOR THIS GUY

# May 13, 2005 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. i can only afford a 10 ounce writes:

I agree with you, thanks man for saving more lives...R.I.P Dime

# May 13, 2005 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brokenwings13 writes:

I never found his email addy, I wanted to thank him for saving lives.

RIP DIME

# May 13, 2005 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. pigdestroyer writes:

the day dime died was the day a little bit of metal died too

# May 13, 2005 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. volatile writes:

This man is a hero. He put his live on the line when stepped into the fire and killed This f***ing psycho.

# May 13, 2005 @ 5:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. longjohn99 writes:

what a great guy

# May 13, 2005 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. this guy ain't shit cuz dime was already dead writes:

f*** THA POLICE!!!

# May 13, 2005 @ 8:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brokenwings13 writes:

Comment Seven, I hate you. Just because DIme was dead already didn't mean Niggemeyer didn't save lives, he saved Vinnie's life and all the members of the crowd there, because he shot Gale. I understand how hard it is to lose someone like Dime, but Niggemeyer saved lives that night, he's a great guy.

# May 13, 2005 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. tim writes:

F.U.C.K. DIME BAG BURN IN HELL BICTH

# May 14, 2005 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. pacinojoe33@aol.com writes:

DIMEBAG DARREL BEYOND FOREVER ...33RIP

# May 14, 2005 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BLACKDOG writes:

I see TIMMY HAS RETURNED !!!! In any event I was never a real fan of the cop's but I tell you as a bouncer.Their have been many MANY occasion's when their help was needed and they were their.We all know their are alot of cop's that live up to their stereo typical assholishness.Still their are alot that are exactly what their supposed to be.This should change alot of opinion's. also I realize alot of fan's are still in morning.Look at it like I do(this might help)Right now Dime jamming with the greates super group of all time Jimmy Hendrix , Jim Morrison , John Bonham , Keith Moon ,Kurt Cobaine and Elvis.Sometimes this comfort's me when my anger at his death start's to resurface.(usually while listening to far beyond driven).

# May 14, 2005 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brokenwings13 writes:

You forgot to mention George Harrison, Cliff Burton, and Layne Staley.

# May 14, 2005 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BLACKDOG writes:

Your right my bad.

# May 14, 2005 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BLACKDOG writes:

Oh yeah John Lennon.f*** it .It's an ultimate Orchestra.

# May 14, 2005 @ 8:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BLACKDOG writes:

I forgot D.D. Ramone Ok this is getting out of hand.

# May 14, 2005 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. tim writes:

f*** you black dog d***

# May 15, 2005 @ 10:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BLACKDOG writes:

I see your just as creative as ever.

# May 15, 2005 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. tim writes:

you konw it black d***

# May 18, 2005 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. BLACKDOG writes:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!! You'll never be the man your mother was .

# May 18, 2005 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. dad writes:

I would nominate him if he would actually have stopped the bloodbath. This is just sad.

# May 18, 2005 @ 5:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. blackdoghater writes:

i dont f*** my mother like you do because you cant get a girl want some come get some B.I.C.T.H.

# May 19, 2005 @ 10:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. gary writes:

hi black dog i here your mother calling you she wants a blow jod blackdog says yes mother come suck me ohhhhh mother you give some good head that why you are her motherf***er

# May 19, 2005 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. nathangale - fanclud writes:

i iam part of the nathan gale fan clud its good for dime bag i wish i had killed him his f***ing band sucked i like to see his brains get shot out of his head how long did that long haired fagit go befor he was killed i wish he shot vinne too nathan gale will go down as a hero

# May 19, 2005 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. RUSS writes:

what in the hell is going on

# May 21, 2005 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brokenwings13 writes:

That's what I'd like to know, Russ. I'm gone from this thread for a week and now we have insultfest and the Nathan Gale Fanclub.

Honestly, all of you need to shut the f*** up. Blackdog, you too, it's useless to fight these guys, they're probably thousands of miles away.

# May 21, 2005 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. grimreaper8588 writes:

tim - what the hell is wrong with you u sick f*** dime was one of the best guitarist in the metal world so i still stand here saying rest in peace dime and f*** you nathan gale and f*** you tim for f***ing worshiping a god damn murderer who not only killed dime but 3 innocent people f*** you tim

# May 26, 2005 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. grimreaper8588 writes:

and f*** you nathan gale fanclud sick f***s

# May 26, 2005 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Jesus writes:

Tim & NathanGalefanclub stop masturbating in front of the computer and get a life..Your all going to hell...

oh and Gale is my little b****...

# May 26, 2005 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. dominate writes:

Gale will rot in hell. Here on earth necrophiliacs will dig up his body and rape it. he deserves it. what the f*** a nathan gale fanclub. who sits at home and worships the pu**y who murdered dimebag darrell, the single most influential musician of our time. it's all bulls***.people are just bored and will write sh** just so they can satisfy themselves and any other sic F**Ks who think like TIM. and as always and will continue to be. pantera wil drive me to no end and dime's guitar riffs will flow through my veins, because sooner or later we will be taken with the FLOODS.

R.I.P. DIMEBAG DARRELL and thank you for getting me through some tough sh** with your music.

# May 27, 2005 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. jesus writes:

i want to join the nathangalefanclub i think its f***ing cool dimebag darrell is a f***ing bicth good jod tim your the man

# May 30, 2005 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. dominatehateer writes:

go suck on your moms tits you son of a bicth and jack off on your dads face

# May 30, 2005 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. grimreper8588 writes:

nathangalefanclud rocks keep it up tim i never liked dimebag his band sucks dog d***s in hell i will look to dig up his f***ing body and piss on it that would rock you go tim

# May 30, 2005 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. anathangalefan writes:

go to www.nathangalefanclud .com

# May 30, 2005 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. e writes:

i cant believe people are soo mean, cant people just have the common curosity to respect and get along with others. I like metal but i stopped acting as a fan more or less because of the way they treat people. People who wish death apon anymore need to grow up. even if there 30 years old, damn so much immaturity.

# Jun 3, 2005 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. tim writes:

hay jan i do what the f*** i want to do and you are dimebag fans are not going to stop i love metal but not dime bag that red neck f***er . vote for nathangale for hero of the year

# Jun 4, 2005 @ 3:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. tim writes:

hay jan i do what the f*** i want to do and you are dime bags fan are not going to stop me ok i love metal but not dime bag that red neck f***er vote for nathangale for hero of the year

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