Erik Graeff, 42, is a Vancouver lawyer based in Oregon who is accused of taking a dispute with a former co-counsel to an extraordinary level in allegedly firing several shots into the Beaverton office of Terrence Hogan. No one was hit in the office but one bullet barely missed an Administrative Assistant. Graeff is reportedly a former decorated sniper in the Marines.
Graeff had sent three profanity-laden emails to Hogan before the shooting. Hogan drew the ire of Graeff in complaining about his work on a civil case. Graeff sent at first a picture of a cat playing the violin but later became more profane. Hogan suggested that Graeff would need to say a bit more to a bar committee. Graeff responded that he is tougher than Hogan and the Bar. In what may have been an ominous taunt, Hogan said “You know where I am tough guy.”
Police executed search warrants and seized two guns and ammunition. Graeff was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering. It is surprising that he did not face attempted murder charges.
Those complaints will pale in comparison to the impact of the criminal charges and any conviction. It is not clear if the guns were a forensic match but the circumstantial evidence could not be more damning for Graeff.