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DA: Man who shot, killed Seaside officer had 'high level' of meth in system

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Sgt. Jason Goodding (family photo) Sgt. Jason Goodding (family photo)
Fallen Seaside police officer Jason Goodding (Photo: Seaside PD) Fallen Seaside police officer Jason Goodding (Photo: Seaside PD)
Officers honoring fallen Seaside officer Jason Goodding during a procession last week on the Oregon coast. Officers honoring fallen Seaside officer Jason Goodding during a procession last week on the Oregon coast.
Phillip Ferry, prior jail booking photo Phillip Ferry, prior jail booking photo
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

A man who shot and killed a Seaside police officer was drunk and high on methamphetamine at the time of the shooting, the Clatsop County district attorney reported Tuesday.

In a news conference, District Attorney Joshua Marquis released new information about the shooting that killed Sgt. Jason Goodding, as well as the suspect, Phillip Ferry.

Goodding and Officer David Davidson spotted Ferry, who had a warrant for his arrest and had 17 felony and 21 misdemeanor convictions since 1983, outside the Pig 'N Pancake restaurant in Seaside on Feb. 5.

Marquis said Ferry was known to fight with officers.

Goodding called out to Ferry by name and told him to take his hands out of his pockets. Ferry refused and body camera footage confirmed that he repeatedly said, "You ain't going to like it."

Davidson used a Taser on Ferry and he seemed to fall to the ground. However, as Goodding moved in to arrest him, Ferry fired a single shot.

Goodding was wearing a ballistic vest, but the bullet went under it. An autopsy determined Goodding's injuries were "immediate and fatal."

"Medical intervention could not have saved him," Marquis said.

Davidson returned fire at Ferry, hitting him three times in the hand, arm and buttocks. Marquis said Ferry's injuries appeared to be less serious, as he continued to yell at officers after being shot.

However, his vital signs "crashed" in the ambulance, Marquis said, and he was pronounced dead after emergency doctors worked on him for around 30 minutes at the hospital.

Marquis said his office determined Davidson was justified in using deadly force.

"Every piece of evidence, every witness, leads us to the same conclusion -- that Phillip Ferry, with a long history of resisting arrests and assault on police officers, was given every opportunity to surrender peaceably to uniformed officers. He not only refused but made statements that now seem to indicate that he intended to do worse," Marquis said.

A toxicology report revealed that Ferry had a "high level" of methamphetamine in his system, according to Marquis, as well as cannabinoids and a blood alcohol level of .117.

Investigators are working to determine where Ferry got the gun used in the shooting.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin also spoke at Tuesday's news conference and stated no additional gun control laws would have prevented this shooting.

Instead, Bergin said there needs to be more focus on sentence reform and more money spent on jail and prison beds.

He said the problem is "liberal think tanks" sending plans to the legislature about reform and rehabilitation. Bergin said that does not work for criminals like Ferry.

"These people will never reform," he said.

Bergin said there are many people roaming the streets in his community and across the state who are just "bad people."

"We want people rehabilitated, but a lot of people need to be incarcerated," he said.

Sgt. Jason Goodding, a graduate of Sherwood High School and Portland State University, is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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