Suspect in Seaside police murder had long record of assaulting officers

Phillip Max Ferry

SEASIDE — Phillip Max Ferry, who authorities say shot and killed Seaside Police Officer Jason Goodding in downtown Seaside Friday night, was charged with assaulting public safety officers and resisting arrest on several previous occasions.

Ferry has a lengthy history of interactions with law enforcement, according to past reports in The Daily Astorian and court records. A search of court records Saturday turned up 45 Oregon cases associated with Phillip Ferry.

Ferry, said to be a Seaside transient in an Aug. 27, 2007, arrest report and as living on Hamlet Route 370 in earlier reports, was killed by another officer after he shot Goodding.

Most recently, before Friday’s deadly encounter, in September 2015, Ferry was accused of possessing an explosive device. In 2014, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm in 2003. His first arrest, for unauthorized use of a vehicle, dates from 1983 in Yamhill County.

But it is Ferry’s pattern of aggressive interactions with law officers that is most striking in light of Friday’s slaying of Officer Goodding.

He was charged with resisting arrest in January 2015, and with assaulting a public safety officer in July 2011. In 2011, he lived in Sherwood, in Polk County. He pleaded guilty to the assault, a Class C felony.

According to reports in the Astorian, he was charged with attempted assault on a peace officer in the Seaside area in September 2002, and in August 2003 with assaulting a public safety officer.

• Aug. 15, 2003:

Combative man arrested

Seaside police, with assistance from state and Cannon Beach officers, met with resistance when arresting a rural Seaside man on weapon possession and other charges early Saturday (Aug. 8, 2003).

Phillip Ferry, 42, of Hamlet Route 370, allegedly had damaged the fence of a home in the 900 block of Second Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, and left without contacting homeowners. Police located his Toyota motor home near the beach and Avenue G.

Ferry confirmed the .22-caliber rifle in the front seat was his, leading to a charge as a felon in possession of a firearm, police said. He appeared to be intoxicated and punched, threatened and kicked officers as he was arrested, according to police reports.

Ferry was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assaulting a public safety officer and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was brought to Clatsop County Jail in Astoria.

• Sept. 2, 2002:

Man arrested

Clatsop County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Phillip Max Ferry, 42, of Hamlet Route 370, Seaside, Sunday on charges of attempted assault on a peace officer. The officer was responding to reports of a male subject causing a disturbance at 83189 State Highway 53, Hamlet.

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