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News Release
Grand Jury finds officers use of force justified, Kenneth William Peden III indicted. - 05/20/21

Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that two Silverton Police officers (Sergeant Jonathan J Lamoreaux, Officer Braden Andersen) and a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy (Senior Deputy Ron Cereghino) were justified in using deadly physical force against Kenneth William Peden III, date of birth 09/06/00, on May 12, 2021. 

The incident began at approximately 4:45 pm on May 12, 2021, when Gervais Police Department responded to Depot Ct. in Gervais for a reported gunshot wound and kidnapping. Upon arrival they located Arik Reed, 22 year old, of Gervais with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Officers determined that Peden had also kidnapped Molly “Ollie” Taylor, 17 year old, and left the area in his white Ford F-150.  Law enforcement officers from the Silverton Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office located and became involved in a vehicle pursuit of the white Ford F-150 operated by Peden. While in pursuit of the truck, Peden fired multiple rounds toward police as they traveled through the city of Silverton. The vehicle finally came to a stop on Highway 214 near Forest Ridge Road NE where Peden continued to shoot at involved officers who returned fire. None of the law enforcement officers’ shots struck Peden or Taylor.

Peden eventually surrendered and was detained by law enforcement officers.  Taylor was found in the passenger seat with a life threatening gunshot wound and was transported by Life Flight from the scene. Taylor later died as a result of the injuries at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. 

Although multiple police vehicles were struck by gunfire during the incident, no law enforcement officers were injured.

The same grand jury that found the officers’ actions to be justified also indicted Kenneth William Peden III for the intentional murder of Molly “Ollie” Taylor, the attempted murder of Arik Reed, and the attempted murder of 4 law enforcement officers. His charges are as follows:

  1. Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  2. Kidnapping in the First Degree with a Firearm
  3. Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm
  4. Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm
  5. Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  6. Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  7. Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  8. Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  9. Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer

Peden is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Friday, May 21, 2021 8:30am at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex. 

As this is an open criminal prosecution, no further information will be released.