A young Oregon woman was fatally shot while fleeing from Salem police during a traffic stop late Friday night.
Jacklynn Ford, 25, ran from her minivan after being stopped by Officer Trevor Morrison, a 12-year-veteran of the Salem police.
The Salem Police Department stated in a press release that Ford was stopped around 10:07 p.m. Shortly after, Morrison requested a cover officer. When Ford fled from Morrison he pursued her on foot for a short distance, then fired shots. It is being reported that the woman was wounded from the shots and officers administered first aid until medics could arrive. Neither Officer Morrison nor his canine, Baco, were injured.
Ford was pronounced dead at Salem Hospital after being shot in the head and the chest.
Mark Sharp, a nearby resident, told KOIN 6 he saw Ford run across the street and wrestle with officers.
“That’s when I hear a man’s voice yelling ‘stop, stop, stop,’” Sharp 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.”
The Salem press release states that Baco, Morrison’s canine, was also “involved in the pursuit.” Sharp provided some alleged details into Baco’s role that night.
“The dog had the woman, pulling her, dragging her across the grass then the other officers started showing up,” he told KOIN 6.
Officer Trevor Morrison has been placed on administrative leave, which the Salem Police Department says is a standard procedure after an incident of this nature.
Although few official details have been released, it has been confirmed that investigators found a gun where the victim was located.
Ford was no stranger to the wrong side of the law. KOIN 6 reports Ford having an extensive rap sheet including charges of meth, burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while suspended and civil stalking.
Ford’s mother, Crystal Ford Knop-Hads, told KOIN 6 that her daughter would be greatly missed.
“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.