- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Officials have released police body camera footage showing the brief, hectic confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of an Oregon police officer and a suspect.

The video released Thursday was taken from Seaside Police Officer David Davidon’s perspective and shows the Feb. 5 shooting that killed Sgt. Jason Goodding and the man he was trying to arrest, Phillip Ferry, reported The Daily Astorian (https://bit.ly/214KYHm).

The 30-second video shows Goodding and Davidson yelling at Ferry, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, to get on the ground. Ferry replied, “You ain’t going to like it.”

Davidson then announced that he was taking out his Taser and used it to shock Ferry and knock him to the ground.

Ferry fired one shot from his pistol, striking Goodding under his bulletproof vest, and Davidson shot back several times.

“I thought he was going to keep shooting Goodding,” Davidson said in an interview with an investigator. “I thought any second I was waiting for bullets to start heading my way also.”

Davidson also told investigators that neither officer had seen Ferry’s gun since he never took his hands out of his pocket.

The Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office released the footage as part of a completed investigation into the shooting, concluding that Davidson was legally and morally justified in shooting Ferry.

Ferry, 55, was hit in the hand, arm and buttocks, according to investigators. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he died. A toxicology report found a high level of methamphetamine in his blood, along with alcohol and the active ingredient in marijuana.

Ferry had an extensive criminal history and had been in and out of the Clatsop County Jail 41 times.

At the end of the body camera footage, Ferry’s acquaintance Daniel Ginther is heard saying to Davidson, “Don’t kill him, Uncle Phil.”

Ginther was never charged with any crime.

According to Davidson, Ginther put his hands on his shoulders after the incident and said it wasn’t his fault. Davidson rhetorically asked whether carrying a gun is worth killing someone over, and Ginther said he didn’t know.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com


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