Woman shot dead by Salem police pointed gun at officer, DA says

SALEM, Ore. - A 25-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a Salem police officer last Friday fled her car during a traffic stop and then pointed a gun at the officer, the Marion County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Salem police Officer Trevor Morrison pulled Jacklynn Rashaun Ford over just after 10 p.m. May 9 near Eastgate Basin Park for failing to signal before turning.

According to Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson, Ford did not have a driver's license and lied to the officer about her name. The car was also not properly registered.

Clarkson said Morrison went back to his patrol car to confirm her identity. At that time she said Ford fled from her car. The police officer shouted to Ford to stop, but she continued to flee. He also released his police dog, Baco, to help him capture Ford.

The police dog was able to stop Ford inside the park. Clarkson said Ford was slow to comply with further orders from Morrison. Morrison then removed his police dog from Ford.

It was at this time, the district attorney's office said, that Ford pulled out a gun, pointed it at Morrison and attempted to cock it several times.

Morrison then shot Ford. His police dog dragged Ford away from her gun, Clarkson said. Medics and other officers arrived at the scene. They performed first aid on Ford and then she was taken to Salem Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The state medical examiner determined that Ford died of two gunshot wounds to her head and chest.

Clarkson said it was later determined that Ford was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants for second-degree burglary and possession of a methamphetamine.

The investigation into the shooting continues, Clarkson said.