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December 26, 2006 00:00


On Tuesday, December 26, 2006, Portland Police Homicide Detectives arrested and charged 21-year-old Lai Ngoc Thach with one count of Murder in connection to the early morning shooting at Wetlands Public House, located at 16015 Southeast Stark Street. At 1:33 a.m., East Precinct Officers were dispatched to a disturbance at the location, and discovered the body of 28-year-old Robert Carl Pfeifer with an apparent gunshot wound. Homicide detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation.

During the course of interviewing approximately 15 witnesses, Investigators determined that a physical altercation broke out between several individuals inside the bar and that Thach pulled out a gun and shot Pfeifer at least once. An autopsy which will determine the official cause of death is pending.

Detectives believe there may have been up to 40 potential witnesses inside at the time of the shooting; however, many fled the scene prior to police arriving. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Grose at (503) 823-0757 or Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395.


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Portland Police Bureau
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