By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Two men arrested in Eugene last week were also questioned about the fatal Keizer Station shooting on Valentine’s Day night, Feb. 14.
Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the Keizer Police Department, said officers investigating the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Jerrid Goodpaster went to Eugene the night of Feb. 16.
“(They were) looking for two men they had identified as individuals with whom they wanted to speak to with regard to the investigation,” Kuhns said on Feb. 18. “Coincidentally, both men had warrants for their arrest for unrelated alleged crimes. Although both men were taken into custody, they were not taken into custody for any alleged crimes or relation to the homicide investigation.
Nobody has been charged with any alleged crimes related to our investigation.”
A statement released by the Eugene Police Department on Feb. 17 stated the EPD assisted the KPD “to locate and apprehend a wanted, possibly armed suspect.”
A Community Emergency Notification System warning was issued shortly before the arrest since cops were chasing one of the suspects.
Kuhns said Feb. 18 the warrants weren’t for KPD or EPD.
“We learned they were in Eugene,” Kuhns said. “We called (the EPD) and asked if they would help us. We were all there. We found the house they were at. A car left the house. One suspect was in the car, one in the house. Half of the cops followed the car. He ran and thus the warning. He was soon arrested by Eugene Police. The other half of the cops arrested the guy at the house. Then they were brought back here to the Keizer Police Department. They have been taken to Marion County Jail on unrelated warrants.
“We’re not calling them suspects in our Keizer case,” Kuhns added. “We just identified two people we wanted to talk to. We arrested them on warrants. We never took them back to the Eugene Police Department.”
The names of the two men have not been released. Kuhns wouldn’t say if the men lived in the house where they were found in Eugene.
“During the course of any investigation of this magnitude, a lot of names will come up,” Kuhns said. “Through leads and information and interviews, we identify the need to talk to individuals. We found they had warrants, which made it even easier to talk to them. We’re still plugging away, working hard to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.”
The shooting took place shortly after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the parking lot near the Starbucks in Keizer Station. Police stated early last week the shooting was not random and that there was no immediate risk to the public.
According to Goodpaster’s obituary, he was born in North Carolina in 1987 but was raised in Salem. He graduated from McNary High School in 2006 and married Angela later that year.
A public viewing was held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home in Salem on Feb. 19, with a celebration of life on Feb. 20 at Peoples Church in Salem.
“Jerrid had a passion for life and the people around him,” the obituary read in part. “He loved spending time with his family and friends. Jerrid enjoyed spending his free time in the outdoors hunting with his dog, fishing with friends, eating seafood and working on cars. He especially loved holidays, family events and traveling, but he mostly loved and cherished the quiet moments at home with his wife Angela.”
Sandee Metcalf, Goodpaster’s mom, posted about her son on Facebook Feb. 16.
“He deeply loved and cared for his family and friends and was the most compassionate person I have ever known,” Metcalf wrote in part. “I love you son.”
Memorial flowers and donations may be sent to or presented to Virgil Golden Funeral Service or the Peoples Church in care of Angela Goodpaster and family, or can be mailed to 4965 Happy Drive NE in Salem, 97305.