SALEM -- Police say 25-year-old Jacklynn Rashaun Ford was shot after she ran away from a traffic stop near the intersection of Watson Ave Northeast, near Alameda Street.
Several neighbors witnessed the incident, which at first appeared to be a regular traffic stop at about 10 p.m. Friday.
It did seem a bit weird because it took a long time, I'm guessing 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 Ford left the vehicle and started running, according to several witnesses. They heard officer Trevor Morrison yell Stop, and then released his canine Boco to chase Ford down.
She was caught about 100 feet away in a small neighborhood park. Sharp said that's when he saw the suspect and officer Morrison struggling on the ground.
I saw 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.
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Salem police said officers tried to keep Ford alive with CPR. She later died at the hospital. Investigators said they discovered a firearm near the shooting scene.
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!
Officer Morrison is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
An autopsy Sunday determined Ford's cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact Oregon State Police, the lead agency in the investigation.