SALEM -- A 25-year-old woman killed by a police officer last week had pointed a loaded gun at the officer and had repeatedly tried to cock it before he used deadly force to stop her, according the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, 25, was shot May 9 after she ran after being stopped for a traffic violation on Watson Avenue Northeast, near Alameda Street, police said.
Background: Woman killed after struggle with police
Given the recent inaccurate information perceived in the public, it is necessary to provide limited additional factual information as the investigation continues, said Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson.
Officer Trevor Morrison had pulled her over for a failing to use a turn signal, and then found out the vehicle was not registered, Clarkson said. Ford reportedly failed to produce a driver's license and gave Morrison a fake name before running away.
Morrison yelled several times at Ford to stop before deploying his K-9 partner, Baco, Clarkson said. Baco stopped Ford inside Eastgate Basin Park.
At this time, Ford produced a loaded firearm, which she pointed at Officer Morrison and repeatedly attempted to cock, Clarkson said. Morrison responded to this use of deadly force against him by firing his weapon at Ford, hitting her. K-9 Baco then dragged Ford away from her firearm that was left lying at her side.
Responding cover officers attempted first aid before Ford was taken to Salem Hospital, where she was declared dead. A medical examiner determined Ford was killed by two gunshots to the chest.
Investigators later learned Ford was wanted on two felony warrants for burglary and methamphetamine possession.
Morrison is on paid leave while the shooting remains under investigation. It was the second officer-involved shooting for Salem police in two weeks.