Slain woman shot by Salem police in head, chest

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The woman killed by a Salem police officer Friday night died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson conducted the autopsy on Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, officials said in a release.

Ford, 25, was pulled over by Officer Trevor Morrison shortly after 10 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Watson Ave and NE Alameda Street. Officials said she ran and was hit by a bullet in Eastgate Basin Park.

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)

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.

Eyewitness accounts

Eyewitness Michael Shelley told KOIN 6 News on Sunday he saw Ford standing in front of a streetlight when she was shot. Shelley said he doesn’t believe he saw her holding a gun.

“I just watched. I was mesmerized,” he said. He saw Ford standing across the street from his house after wrestling with a Salem police officer.

“They asked me if I saw a weapon at all. I said, it couldn’t have been on the right side. (That side was lit by the streetlight.) I couldn’t see anything on the left side.”

Crystal Ford, the mother of Jacklynn Ford, who was shot to death by Salem police, May 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Crystal Ford, the mother of Jacklynn Ford, who was shot to death by Salem police, May 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Ford’s mother, Crystal Ford, told KOIN 6 News Sunday her daughter was right-handed. She also said investigators aren’t giving her much information.

“I just want to know what happened. They won’t tell me anything,” she said.

“To me, it doesn’t seem right. I mean, how she was a threat to this officer.”

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 told KOIN 6 News on Saturday.

“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.

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)

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

Crystal Ford also met with Sharp on Sunday when she dropped off some flowers at the spot where her daughter was shot.

“It’s very inhumane,” she said. “There’s no justification for that. I don’t understand that at all.”

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.

The Oregon State Police Major Crimes Division is leading the investigation.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

 

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