Grand jury concludes 2019 homicide self-defense
A private security guard won't face criminal prosecution for an incident that resulted in the death of a 42-year-old man.
A grand jury returned a not true bill regarding the use of force by Francisco Swafford Thursday morning, May 9, on the grounds it was a lawful act of self-defense.
The investigation began in the early morning of Jan. 15 when Portland Police Bureau officers received information about a shooting at the Dream On Saloon, 15920 S.E. Stark St. As officers arrived, they learned Eugene Pharr Jr. had been shot by Swafford, who was a private security guard for the bar.
Swafford remained on scene and cooperated with law enforcement.
Officers learned that Pharr and 49-year-old Henry McCollum were longtime associates and that McCollum was a known drug dealer, according to court documents. It is alleged that McCollum and Pharr, while armed, approached Swafford as he sat in his car in the Dream On Saloon parking lot.
The courts found that McCollum and Pharr acted in a way that would cause Swafford to fear he would be injured or killed.
On Feb. 15, the grand jury returned a six-count indictment against McCollum, which charges him with unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, coercion with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal conspiracy to commit unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
McCollum will next appear in court on May 17.