Family of woman killed by Salem Police speaks out

Jacklynn Ford was shot and killed by a Salem Police officer May 9, 2014. (Facebook)
Jacklynn Ford was shot and killed by a Salem Police officer May 9, 2014. (Facebook)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The woman shot and killed by a Salem Police officer Friday night was tough, but she had a big heart, her family says.

Jacklynn Rashaun Ford was shot to death by an SPD officer after a traffic stop turned into a foot pursuit that began just after 10:00 p.m. Friday night near the intersection of Watson Ave and NE Alameda St. and ended in Eastgate Basin Park.

“I want people to know my daughter Jackie may have made some bad choices in her life but that doesn’t take away from the fact she was a wonderful caring person,” said Ford’s mother, Crystal Ford Knop-Hads. A knock on the door at 4:00 a.m. would change her life forever.

“I love my daughter and she will be dearly missed.”

She said she is left with “lot’s” of unanswered questions for the police. “I just want to know what happened and they won’t tell me anything,” said Ford Knop-Hads.

The chase

The officer, Trevor Morrison, pulled over a minivan Ford was in, officials said. Morrison called for back-up and a foot chase began soon.

Ford ran, and was hit by a bullet. Although she was given first aid by the pursuing officers until medics arrived, she died shortly thereafter at a nearby hospital.

Investigators at the scene found a gun in the location Ford fell, authorities said.

Mark Sharp witnessed the Salem Police officer involved shooting that killed Jacklynn Ford.
Mark Sharp witnessed the Salem Police officer involved shooting that killed Jacklynn Ford.

Still, Mark Sharp, who lives near the site of the shooting, said he saw Ford run across the street and wrestle with officers.

“That’s when I hear a man’s voice yelling ‘stop, stop, stop,'” he said.

“I hear ‘pop-pop-pop’ and I’m, like, wait a minute. I saw him standing over her and smoke was rising up from the firearm,” he said.

“The dog had the woman, pulling her, dragging her across the grass then the other officers started showing up.”

He said he noticed red and blue lights near his home, which he determined were caused by the traffic stop. His girlfriend was worried she would be shot, he said.

Troubled past

Ford has a lengthy criminal history, including multiple arrests for possession of meth, burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while suspended and civil stalking.

Salem police shot Jacklynn Rashaun Ford to death after she ran from a traffic stop, May 9, 2014. She was 25. (KOIN 6 News)
Salem police shot Jacklynn Rashaun Ford to death after she ran from a traffic stop, May 9, 2014. She was 25. (KOIN 6 News)

Morrison, a 12-year veteran of the force, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Neither he nor his K-9 partner, Baco, were hurt in the chase.

Ford’s family will remember “Jackie” as she was to them.

“She loved to make people laugh and she was full of life,” said Ford Knop-Hads.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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