Seaside mourned Sgt. Jason Goodding Saturday after the 39-year-old officer was gunned down on Broadway Friday night.
Sgt. Goodding was shot during a warrant arrest and died Saturday morning at Seaside Providence Hospital after an altercation with a man outside the Pig ’N Pancake in downtown on Broadway at 9:20 p.m. Friday night. The restaurant was closed at the time.
“Last night, 39-year-old Jason Goodding, a sergeant in Seaside Police Department and a respected member of the law enforcement community, was shot to death while on duty in Seaside,” Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis said Saturday morning at a press conference at Seaside City Hall.
He was shot to death by Phillip Ferry, 55, who was being arrested on a warrant for felony assault. Ferry was shot at the scene by another Seaside police officer, unidentified at this time, and later died of his wounds.
“At this point it appears from what I can tell that the shooting of Mr. Ferry was justified,” Marquis added.
According to Marquis, when Goodding and his fellow officer attempted to place Ferry under arrest, “he wouldn’t show his hands.”
The other officer was not injured. He attempted to use “less lethal force,” Marquis said, and used a Taser on the suspect.
“That seemed to incapacitate Mr. Ferry,” Marquis said. “It didn’t do much more.”
When Ferry went to the ground, Goodding attempted to subdue him. In that process, Ferry produced a weapon and fired once.
“The other officer returned fire three times, striking Mr. Ferry in several places,” Marquis said. “It was clear Sgt. Goodding was gravely injured.”
Responders attempted to provide CPR at the scene. Goodding was taken to Providence Seaside Hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital 40 minutes later.
Ferry was transferred by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Shortly before he got to the hospital his vital signs started crashing. He was worked on for 20 or 30 minutes but was pronounced dead by emergency room doctors at the hospital.
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Goodding was familiar with Ferry, “as we all were.”
“This man was in and out of our jail numerous times, “ Bergin said. “He had a vast record.” (See related story.)
Sgt. Goodding is survived by his wife and two school-age children. He graduated from Sherwood High School, and earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology at Portland State University.
Officer Goodding was hired in 2003 by the Seaside Police Department. “He’s done a lot of different jobs; he ran the drug team, he was a detective sergeant, most recently he was a patrol sergeant and genuinely was one of the most respected and loved guys,” Marquis said.
“Although I could speak at great length about my friend. I want to extend our warmest condolences on behalf of the city and Seaside Police Department,” Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham said. “Jason was a respected officer in this community and demonstrated the best in what we do as law enforcement officers.”
According to state law, regional law enforcement must collaborate in any case involving the use of deadly force.
The Oregon State Police have been asked to conduct the investigation with the Clatsop County Major Crime team. The Major Crime Team is comprised of officers from Seaside, Astoria, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Cannon Beach, Warrenton and Gearhart.
“For there to be no question about the fairness of the shooting, the agency involved does not participate,” Marquis said.
“There will be a lot more investigation done, Marquis said. ‘That report will eventually be turned over to my office for review.
Later Saturday, the Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team said they located a fourth person sought for questioning who was present during the shooting.
Marquis said the fourth individual was not wanted in connection with the crime. “There’s no reason to believe there’s anybody wandering around with a weapon making threats against people,” he said.
Eyewitnesses are urged to call 503-452-7888. “If anybody thinks they heard or saw anything, more info is always better,” Marquis said.
Body cams worn by police will also be used in the course of the investigation.
There will be autopsies by the office of the State Medical Examiner of Goodding and Ferry.
“He was a good police officer, my neighbor,” Bergin said. “He’s going to be sorely missed. He was the kind of guy everybody would have wanted to be their friend and co-worker. He’s going to be truly missed. This community will pull together and do everything we can for him.”