Shootout with police ends in attempted murder charge
A Woodburn man has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers in Silverton on Wednesday, May 12.
Kenneth Williams Peden III, 20, was arrested for first degree attempted murder and second degree attempted murder, in addition to several other charges, after shooting at officers from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Silverton Police Department who were pursuing Peden's vehicle as a possible kidnapping suspect.
Officers began pursuing a white Ford F150 in Silverton when an occupant in the vehicle began firing multiple rounds toward police as they traveled through the city.
The pursuit left city limits traveling southeast, coming to a stop on Highway 214 near Forest Ridge Road Northeast where the suspect exchanged gunfire with the officers.
Peden was eventually detained and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree kidnapping and attempting to elude police, in addition to the attempted murder charges. He is lodged at the Marion County jail.
A female passenger who was in the vehicle with Peden was transported by Life Flight with life threatening injuries. Her name has yet to be released.
Multiple police vehicles were struck by gunfire during the exchange, but no law enforcement officers were injured.
Three officers from the Silverton Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office have been placed on administrative leave as Oregon State Police will lead the investigation following Marion County Senate Bill 111 protocols.
Officers involved include:
• Deputy Ron Cereghino, Marion County Sheriff's Office, 23 years in law enforcement.
• Officer J.J. Lamoreaux, Silverton Police Department, 14 years in law enforcement.
• Officer Braden Anderson, Silverton Police Department, 1 year in law enforcement.
Oregon State Police is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP refer to OSP Case No. SP21-126472
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