By Associated Press - Thursday, April 22, 2021

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine’s largest city said Thursday that two people have been indicted stemming from a 2012 triple shooting that resulted in the death of a man.

The July 2012 shooting killed Matthew Blanchard, 24, of South Portland. Police said he was walking with relatives in Portland when several gunshots were fired at them.

Blanchard was shot and killed, and two other people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Portland police said Thursday that an indictment was handed down by the Cumberland County grand jury charging Zachary Phach and Khang Tran with murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy in connection with the shootings.

Tran was already in custody in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, on other charges, police said. Phach has been arrested and detained in jail in Modesto, California, they said. Police said the two men face extradition proceedings to bring them to Maine.

Portland Police Chief Frank Clark said the department is “pleased for the Blanchard family and this community that the grand jury has indicted these two men for their role in Matthew’s death.” It was unclear on Thursday if Phach and Tran were represented by attorneys.



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