Woman killed by police connected to Gypsy Jokers biker club

Credit: Facebook: Jacklynn Ford

Woman killed by police connected to Gypsy Jokers biker club


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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 3:27 PM

SALEM -- Four days after a woman was shot and killed by Salem police, the suspect’s family are still looking for answers.

Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, 25, was shot Friday after she ran from a traffic stop near the intersection of Watson Avenue Northeast, near Alameda Street, police said. Ford was declared dead at Salem Hospital.

Authorities said they found a gun at the scene of the incident.

Sources confirmed Ford was associated with the Gypsy Jokers, a group known as an outlaw motorcycle gang. But Salem police still haven't said why Ford was pulled over or why police called for back-up before she ran.

Ford’s family has asked authorities for an explanation. Police said they’re still investigating.

Ford was caught by police at Eastgate Basin Park on Alameda Street.

That's where witnesses said they saw Ford and police struggle on the ground.

Witnesses said they watched a police dog bite Ford while she yelled "Stop, it hurts, ouch."

Her family said she's right handed. When the dog let go, witnesses said her right arm was dangling, with no weapon seen.

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Michael Shelley watched the incident his front porch.

“I don't know her past,” said Shelley. “Her mother said ‘Yeah, she's made some mistakes,’ does that constitute her being killed? I don't know. I wasn't in the immediate vicinity. I don't know if there was an actual weapon.”

Ford has convictions for burglary, menacing, theft and gun possession.

The officer who shot her, Trevor Morrison, is a 12-year veteran now on paid leave while the shooting is under investigation.

This is the second officer-involved shooting for Salem police in two weeks.


Nina Mehlhaf and Cornelius Swart contributed to this report