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Sgt. Jason Goodding (family photo) Sgt. Jason Goodding (family photo)
Officers line up at the Seaside Convention Center for Sergeant Goodding's memorial service in February. Photo from the Seaside Police Department. Officers line up at the Seaside Convention Center for Sergeant Goodding's memorial service in February. Photo from the Seaside Police Department.
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV/AP) -

A Seaside man accused of sexual assault and sodomy has had the charges against him dropped because the lead investigator on his case was killed.

The Daily Astorian reports that the change is the latest in a string of legal repercussions following the death of Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding. Goodding was shot and killed in the line of duty in February.

Investigators said Goodding was trying to take wanted felon Phillip Ferry into custody outside the Pig 'N Pancake restaurant on Feb. 5. Ferry fired a semi-automatic pistol that he was hiding in his pocket, striking Goodding just below his protective vest.

Officer David Davidson was also at the scene and returned fire, hitting and killing Ferry. 

Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown says if someone is unavailable to appear in court their testimony and reports become hearsay, which cannot be used in court. In the sodomy case, Goodding's death renders most of the investigation unusable.

Brown says his office has been working to successfully prosecute cases where Goodding was the lead or only detective despite the challenges his death presents.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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