An Oregon police officer killed in the line of duty has been identified as Sgt. Jason Goodding. The Seaside cop was attempting to arrest Phillip Ferry based upon a warrant, but the suspect did not surrender, pulled a gun, and opened fire, killing Goodding. The resulting shootout ended in the death of Ferry, who was wanted on a warrant for felony assault.
The Oregon shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. this past Friday night. Goodding and another unidentified Seaside police officer attempted to place suspect Ferry under arrest when they noticed him walking down Broadway near the Pig ‘N Pancake restaurant in downtown Seaside. Ferry resisted the arrest, refusing to show his hands, so the second police officer fired a Taser gun at the suspect.
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County District Attorney Josh Marquis told reporters that the Taser gun may have incapacitated Ferry, but “it didn’t do much more.” Ferry dropped to the ground, but when Goodding went to subdue him, Ferry pulled a gun and fired once. The second police officer open fire three times, shooting the suspect. Both Goodding and the shooter were rushed to a local hospital, but they succumbed to their wounds. The second police officer was not harmed during the shootout.
Marquis says the fatal Seaside shooting was justified based upon the circumstances. According to KVAL, both police officers wore body cameras at the time of the shooting. Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Goodding was familiar with Ferry, claiming the dead shooter had been in and out of jail many times in the past.
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The small Seaside community of about 6,500 people is stepping up to support the family after the police officer was killed. The Badges Supporting Fallen Officers’ Families (“Fallen”) has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family.
“He demonstrated the best in what we do as law-enforcement officers,” said Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham, according to The Seattle Times.
The slain police officer joined the Seaside police department in 2003, and during these 13 years he ran the drug team, worked as a detective sergeant and as a patrol sergeant. He also dedicated time to coaching several sports team in order to help the community.
The Daily Astorian spoke to Father Nick Nilema of Our Lady of Victory Catholic church. The priest says Goodding’s death is a “big, big loss for our community.” Nilemna says Goodding was a “true friend” who often spoke about collaborating and working on helping the residents of Seaside.
“His spirit is always with us,” said Father Nilema. “He was always telling, ‘You know, Father Nick, we have to put our efforts together to help take care of our people.’”
Jay Barber, a Seaside City Council member and board member for Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, said Officer Goodding went beyond law enforcement, ensuring the safety and security of the shelter.
“If there was any issue or concern, he was there like that,” he said. “For something like this to happen, it’s a real shock to our community. I’m hoping scholarship funds and financial support will just flow in from the community.”
Jay’s wife, Jan Barber, said she expects Seaside to take care of Jason Goodding’s family in their time of need.
“This community is really and truly at its very best when there is any need within our group,” she said. “It’s incredible to me sometimes. Everyone just rises to take care of each other.”
Jason Goodding is survived by his wife and two young daughters. He was 39-years-old. Reports indicate a candlelight service is planned, but the Seaside Police Department says more information will be posted on their Facebook page soon.
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