SALEM – Officers shot and killed a woman Friday night after a traffic stop and foot chase, according to the Salem police department.
At around 10 p.m. Friday night, police stopped a vehicle driven by Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, 25, on Watson Avenue NE, near Alameda Street NE., according to Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem Police Department.
Several neighbors witnessed the incident.
"It did seem a bit weird because it took a long time. I'm guess he had her stopped for about 20 minutes," said Mark Sharp who lives in the neighborhood and watched what happened.
The traffic stop turned into a tense scene when the suspect left the vehicle and started running according to several witnesses. They heard officer Trevor Morrison yell stop and then let his canine Boco chase down the suspect. She was caught about 100 feet away in a small neighborhood park.
That's when Ford says the suspect and officer Morrison started struggling on the ground.
"I saw was them wrestling around on the ground and when i looked away I heard shots, then saw gun smoke rising up in the air," said Sharp. "She was on the ground and looked dead because the dog seemed to be dragging her across the grass."
Salem police say officers tried to keep Ford alive with CPR. She later died at the hospital. Investigators say they discovered a firearm near the shooting scene.
KGW uncovered Ford's criminal history which includes charges for stalking, burglary and meth.
Officer Morrison is on administrative leave which is standard procedure in cases like this. Oregon State Police are heading up the investigation. If you know anything about the case you are urged to contact Oregon State Police.
A firearm was recovered from the scene, according to police. Officer Morrison was injured.
Friends and family wrote on Ford's Facebook page over the weekend to memorialize her.
"My daughter Jacklynn Ford was full of life and could always crack you up," wrote Ford's mother Crystal Ford Knop-Hads. "She was tough but also sweet and had a huge heart. She will always remain in my heart. I LOVE YOU JACKIE, FOREVER!"
Wayne Havrelly and Cornelius Swart contributed to this report
Witness to Salem police shooting says officer fired after wrestling with 25 yr old female suspect near his home. pic.twitter.com/FDYduTUCwB— Wayne Havrelly (@HavrellyKGW) May 10, 2014