SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday to honor the life of a Seaside police officer who was shot and killed Friday night.
Sergeant Jason Goodding, 39, and another officer were serving a warrant on the 300 block of Broadway Street when the fatal shooting occurred.
Phillip Ferry, 55, was reportedly Tased for resisting arrest. He then opened fire, shooting Goodding. The second officer returned fire 3 times, hitting Ferry in several places. Goodding and the suspect died at local hospitals.
Flags in Seaside were at half staff during Sunday evening’s vigil. Hundreds of people gathered for the emotional event.
“It’s a tough time for everyone in the community,” Goodding’s friend Brian Taylor said. “Tell your friends you love them, tell your neighbors you love them, because if you don’t, tomorrow they could be gone.”
Loved ones described Goodding as a caring community leader who often lent a helping hand.
“We lost an amazing police officer,” Goodding’s friend Adam Israel said. “More importantly, we lost a great person and that’s the worst part about it.”
The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation is collecting donations for the Goodding family.
A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Seaside Convention Center.