3 slain in NE Portland, convicted felon arrested

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Three people were killed on Friday, July 17

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three people were killed on Friday and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said the 58-year-old man accused has been charged with their murders.

The investigation started on Friday, July 17, when police officers were called to respond to a disturbance in the area of NE 122nd Avenue and NE Brazee Street. When officers arrived, they found three victims who were already dead, said the DA’s office.

An arrest was made the next day, Saturday afternoon, said the DA’s office.

Brett Pruett has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, according to the DA’s office. He also faces charges of the unlawful use of a weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary and assault. Pruett has a criminal record that dates back to 1991.

The assault Pruett was charged with stems from an incident the day before the deadly shooting. The DA’s office said Pruett was suspected of assaulting a woman with a deadly weapon on Thursday, July 16. The fourth victim was not identified.

Investigators have not released details regarding how they identified him as a suspect or tracked him down the day after the murders.

The victims have been identified as 45-year-old Elmer Edwin Hughes, 40-year-old Tashia Cobb and 77-year-old Lawrence Murphy. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found that all three died from gunshot wounds.

Detectives said the relationship between Pruett and the three victims is still being investigated. However, neighbors said the four all lived next to each other.

In the days since the killings, people have left flowers, balloons, and pictures outside the home where the victims were found.

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