Kenneth Peden

Kenneth Williams Peden III (Courtesy: Marion County Jail)

SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) - Oregon State Police say a 20-year-old man was arrested for multiple charges, including attempted murder, following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 214 Wednesday.

Kenneth Williams Peden III, of Woodburn, is facing charges of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, first-degree kidnapping, and fleeing and attempting to elude by vehicle. He was denied bail on Thursday.

OSP says the incident began at about 4:45 p.m., when the Gervais Police Department was called out to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Depot Court. Officers arrived to the scene and found Arik Reed, 22, of Gervais with a gunshot wound. 

According to court documents, Peden shot Reed and then kidnapped a 17-year-old. The family of the teen told FOX 12 their transgender son goes by ‘Oliver’ Taylor. Reed’s father said his son Arik was trying to stop the kidnapping when he got shot. A nearby neighbor shared security video that captured audio of screaming and then what sounds like a gunshot.

“I did not hear the screaming until I checked my camera, all I heard was the boom,” Tanna Storkson said. “I thought it was plywood until other audible sounds like the police sirens -- and my neighbor’s Facebook post -- is what made me think okay, something is not right.”

Reed was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries is not known.

Officers learned that Peden left the area in a Ford F-150. A Marion County deputy located the truck and attempted to stop it but Peden fled and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, OSP said Peden fired multiple rounds toward law enforcement as they traveled through Silverton.

The Ford came to a stop on Highway 214 near Forest Ridge Road Northeast where Peden exchanged gunfire with officers, according to OSP.

Peden was detained at the scene. Taylor was found inside the truck, shot and badly hurt. Investigators didn’t say at what point the teen was shot, but court documents say Peden tried to kill Taylor with a handgun. 

Police have not said what the relationship is between Peden and the two people he is accused of shooting. Oregon State Police told FOX 12 the shootings and kidnapping were not random.

Taylor’s family declined to share any more details about Oliver’s condition or what happened. Arik Reed’s father said his son is sore, in the Salem hospital.

In a text message, Ryan Reed said, “Just know that I’m very proud of my son. There are a lot of heroes in the world and he is mine.”

OSP said multiple patrol vehicles were hit by gunfire, but no officers or deputies were injured.

On Thursday, OSP identified the officers and deputy involved in the shooting as:

  • Marion County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ron Cereghino, who has been in law enforcement for 23 years.
  • Silverton Police Officer J.J. Lamoreaux, who has been in law enforcement for 14 years.
  • Silverton Police Officer Braden Anderson, who has been in law enforcement for one year.

All three have been placed on administrative leave.

OSP will be leading the investigation, which is ongoing. The Marion County Sheriff's Office told FOX 12 that there is more than one scene involved in the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP. Please refer to case number SP21-126472.

Peden is due back in court May 21 at 8:30 a.m. to be arraigned on his charges.

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