Police identify man killed, suspect arrested during incident at SE Portland strip club
PORTLAND, Ore. – Police have identified the man who was shot and killed as well as the suspect arrested on robbery charges at a strip club in Southeast Portland early Tuesday morning.
According to police, 42-year-old Eugene Pharr, Jr. and 49-year-old Henry McCollum approached a security guard in the parking lot of the Dream On Saloon at about 2:30 a.m.
A “disturbance” ensued, and the security guard shot Pharr, who ran off with McCollum.
Officials said Pharr later died in a local hospital.
McCollum was later booked into the Multnomah County Jail on first- and second-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and other charges.
The security guard surrendered his weapon to investigators.
Detectives with the Portland Police homicide detail will continue their investigation into Pharr’s shooting death. Their findings will be sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration, officials said.
The security guard has not been named.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says the Dream On Saloon was under an OLCC order to employ a full-time security guard for the property because of past problems associated with the strip club.
"It looks like they had a prior violation," said OLCC spokesman Matthew Van Sickle. "They had a prior shooting that happened late last year. And the establishment is on what we call an enforceable control plan which mandates a couple things, one of which is to have a DPSST trained security guard at all times."
Van Sickle said that order was in place before another deadly incident outside the Dream On Saloon in November.
On Nov. 15, 26-year-old Edward Taylor was shot and killed on the sidewalk outside the business. A second man was wounded in the shooting but survived.
Portland police said they know of no connections between the November shooting and the shooting Tuesday morning.
Mark Russell is outreach director for the Victory Recovery Center across the street from the strip club.
"Not that much of a shock," said Russell. "There's been a lot of violence that goes on in this area too. A lot of problems with gangs. A lot of people with problems with drugs and prostitution and so there's a lot of issues that need to be confronted as well too."