Pursuit through Silverton ends in shootout with police

Marion County

The driver is a possible kidnapping suspect, according to OSP

SILVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A pursuit through the city of Silverton ended in a shootout between police and a possible kidnapping suspect.

Law enforcement with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Silverton Police Department were pursuing a white Ford F150 on Wednesday afternoon when the driver opened fire toward police while traveling through Silverton, Oregon State Police said.

Kenneth Williams Peden III booking photo. (MCSO)

During the chase, the driver of the Ford crashed into an RV — shattering the RV and sending debris across the road.

The Ford eventually came to a stop on Highway 214 near NE Forest Ridge Road. The driver then fired more shots toward officers. The officers fired back.

The male driver, identified as 20-year-old Kenneth Williams Peden III, was arrested. A female passenger was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Multiple police vehicles were hit by bullets but no officers were hurt, according to OSP.

Peden now faces multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder with a firearm, second-degree attempted murder with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, first-degree kidnapping and fleeing and attempting to elude by vehicle.

A 2.5-mile stretch of Highway 214 was closed to traffic as investigators processed the scene.

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy and two Silverton police officers were involved in the shooting. On Thursday, MCSO identified them as MCSO Deputy Ron Cereghino, Silverton officer J.J. Lamoreaux and Silverton officer Braden Anderson.

All three will be placed on standard administrative leave pending an investigation.

No other details are available at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1.800.442.0776 or *OSP refer to OSP Case #SP21-126472

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