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May-11-2014 23:07printcomments

Witnesses: Veteran Took Final Police Bullet to Head on Her Hands and Knees, Execution Style

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ford's death is on-going and is led by the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Division.

25-year old Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, a military Veteran, was shot to death by a Salem Police officer.
25-year old Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, a military Veteran, was shot to death by a Salem Police officer.

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UPDATE: It has been discovered that Jacklynn Ford was not a Veteran, as sources were lead to believe. Our apologies, especially to all you Veterans. - Salem-News.com

Salem Police are two for two. Officers in Oregon's Capital city have killed people in the line of duty twice in two weeks. They also had an officer unleash a deadly taser in recent days on a man with Asperger's Syndrome.

25-year old Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, a military Veteran who liked to wear her dog tags in pictures, was shot to death by a Salem Police officer named Trevor Morrison who was also a canine officer. Apparently the dog wasn't enough to subdue the woman during a traffic stop, it required multiple bullets.

Salem Police stated in a press release that, "As officers were attending to the suspect and securing the scene, a firearm was recovered from where the suspect was located."

According to Salem PD, the officer, "...made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Watson Ave NE near Alameda St NE at approximately 10:07 pm. A cover officer was requested, a foot pursuit ensued and shortly thereafter shots were fired and the suspect was wounded." The release says the dog, named Baco, was also involved in the pursuit.

Eric Pierce and Sherry Williams describe a shooting to Salem-News.com that sounds like it was conducted execution style. The two were held up in traffic during the traffic stop.

Pierce said, "We had pulled off the road and heard, Pow! Pow!"

"I looked over and saw (the) suspect fall, then heard the last shot when she was on her hands and knees, it was to the head," Williams said.

"She was heading into an open field and the cop was about five feet behind her when she was shot."

Marci McClellan, a relative of the fallen Veteran, wrote on Facebook, "...believe me when I say, 'My family is going to deal with the Salem Police in whatever means they feel is necessary. We've been told the investigation should be done by Monday we hope. Meanwhile its obvious tensions and emotions are running very high by many. Not from just all those that loved Jackie but even those that never knew her."

The Marion Co. District Attorney's Office reported Sunday that an autopsy was conducted at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office on Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, who was, "...killed Friday night, May 9, 2014 following an altercation with Salem Police in Eastgate Basin Park."

The autopsy was conducted by Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

One person who describes himself as an eyewitness, Michael D. Shelley, took exception to our story in an email today, stating:

"I don't know where this 'witness' was that she saw the woman fall and it was execution style but that could not be farther from the truth. There was no one else in the area. I live across the street and was the only eye witness. You can check with Salem police on that. Not sure if they will give my name or not.

"It's this kind of sensationalism that gets people in a state of fury. The woman was on her feet when she was shot... ALL 3 times."

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ford's death is on-going and is led by the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Division. No further information is available at this time pending the outcome of that investigation.

Tim King

11 May 2014

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StephenG July 11, 2014 9:50 am (Pacific time)

To be considered a vet you have to have served 180 days. If you fail Boot Camp, guess what, you do not eclipse the 180 day mark.


Anonymous June 10, 2014 5:33 pm (Pacific time)

She joined the military and did not complete basic training, but she is a Veteran


charli frank May 19, 2014 10:04 am (Pacific time)

first of all convicted felons are people who have paid their debts to society. they pay taxes and vote like anyone else.They do not deserve to be executed either. A person in the act of committing a crime (criminal)is fare game if and only if they resist in a manor harmful to others. I am all for putting these low life police down. when the citizen tire of acting like sheeple and being treated in an unconstitutional manor, i promises ill be there with you read to kill or be killed. the only diff is we will be acting under the color of law granted us by the constitution.


Terry Wagar May 18, 2014 9:44 am (Pacific time)

Police and KOIN news website are using a photo double and fuzzy photogenic photo to portray murdered female victim as a criminal on KOIN news website. http://koin.com/2014/05/12/witnesses-question-police-shooting-25-year-old/


Anonymous May 18, 2014 9:42 am (Pacific time)

Salem police and KOIN news website are using photo doubles to portray this murdered female victim as a criminal, I pointed it out on KOIN website and I got banned from posting on their site and my posts pointing out the fact they are using a double and fuzzy photogenic photo's to make her look like a bad guy were deleted by KOIN. http://koin.com/2014/05/12/witnesses-question-police-shooting-25-year-old/ Police and news website using photo double and fuzzy photogenic photo to portray murdrred female victim as a criminal!


linda yoder May 17, 2014 1:02 pm (Pacific time)

ok was she shot in the back while running away? I haven't seen that any where. she had no gun, it was at her car that she was running from JUST SAYIN


jtf May 17, 2014 7:25 am (Pacific time)

Regardless of whether or not she was on the ground, she should never have been shot at in the first place for simply running away.


Anonymous May 17, 2014 7:04 am (Pacific time)

Seriously!? Over a traffic stop, not a convicted felon? The use of force is out of control. Need to Psychologically test officers from time to time. There to serve and protect. Not take down. What's the worst that would have happened. She gets away and gets caught later.. At least she is alive. What a loss.


william english May 16, 2014 6:42 pm (Pacific time)

We have got to stop these cops getting away with shooting people and getting excused by the police saying it was justified. if they know they will be justified no matter what they do what's to stop them from abusing the law and or out right murder. it's time for it to end. sign this petition below and help end police tyranny. Far to often police officers are caught on video abusing or killing citizens illegally but nothing happens to them. They will get off, be suspended or in rare cases fired only to get hired at another police station with a clean record. Drs.,Nurses and Aids lose their license to practice health care if they abuse or kill patients. This should be the same for police if your not going to prosecute them at least forbid them from ever policing society. they make all cops look bad. It's time to clean out the trash so good cops can shine once again, before we lose all respect for authority. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/bad-police-should-lose


Anonymous May 16, 2014 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

A young good looking woman is pulled over in a fairly uninhabited area by a cop. What did the cop say or do to make her think she was better off trying to outrun an armed man and a dog?


Anonymous May 16, 2014 3:27 pm (Pacific time)

When those in Law Enforcement become worse than the criminal element they are paid by the taxes to put in prison (not kill) then those that pay those taxes need to man up and bring these thugs to their knees. Police are not above the law and the abusive ones seem to think they can live in the same neighbor hood as the citizens that pay their above average wages? Every cop involved in this crime has an address and those that really want to see change need to protest on their lawns so that their neighbors understand they live next to gun carrying criminals, not law abiding public servants. It won’t be long before those that wear badges will be targeted for true justice American style if they are not carful. That day is coming soon and it will be a sad day for Law Enforcement and their families. We the people are many those that are criminals hiding in police uniforms are few. If you are a good cop then do the right thing and report and turn in the bad cops within your department, or you are just as bad as or worse than they are. Most good cops will not do anything, because they fear they too will be murdered and that’s the facts. May this poor girl … guilty or innocent rest in peace as there was absolutely no reason for her to die. Thank you.


Anonymous May 16, 2014 2:50 pm (Pacific time)

This was a proper response by the police officer who rightfully was in fear for his life. This is a sad story, but this woman was not a veteran, it is just a sad situation when people get involved with drugs. Their thinking can get paranoid, and when they have a firearm things can go sideways. Maybe if Kitzhaber honors his oath of office and we quick time the death penalty we can get the dangerous criminals out of society for good and can concentrate rounding up all drug users (to stop demand) and deport them to some island. Maybe buy an aircraft carrier and put them on that. Sound like a winner Tim?


Anonymous May 16, 2014 1:45 pm (Pacific time)

why would they have to shoot three times? During a traffic stop..


Mike May 16, 2014 12:16 pm (Pacific time)

How do YOU know she didn't threaten him with the gun they found near her? Some of you are so good at armchair quarterbacking every action by an officer.How many of you have ever gone on a ride along,or spent any time around police? You act like it's an us versus them mentality. Do you know these police ache for the person they have to shoot when that sad time comes?It is heart breaking for them. How about finding out all the facts first,then giving your opinion? But you've jumped to a conclusion that the officer didn't have to shoot her,it won't matter to you what the officer says,because you already think he's a pig,and a liar right? sad, truly sad.


dan May 16, 2014 12:14 pm (Pacific time)

I don't actually care if it was execution style a cop should NEVER kill someone unless they are making a choice between their lives and the "criminal". Whatever happened to the cops who used to put one bullet in their leg and then apprehend them??? All I know is that no matter what mental state I've ever been in... a bullet to the leg would change my way of thinking real fast.


Anonymous May 16, 2014 11:10 am (Pacific time)

Too much omitted information to decide anything..


Concerned citizen May 16, 2014 11:08 am (Pacific time)

3 shots. 2 to the chest and one to the head? Regardless, one shot to either would be enough to subdue a suspect. 3 is EXCESSIVE!


tom aus-der-au May 16, 2014 10:02 am (Pacific time)

even though they found a gun, that apparently the vet had and that she ran from, that justufy having to shoot at her, just because yiu couldn't catch her? you let her, you have her vehicle and you do some really police work.


Anonymous May 16, 2014 9:48 am (Pacific time)

sounds like a bad cop !!! gun happy cop again !!!


Anonymous May 16, 2014 9:48 am (Pacific time)

sounds like a bad cop !!! gun happy cop again !!!


ryan May 16, 2014 9:45 am (Pacific time)

that witness is lying who said "he was the only witness" how can some one stay on their feet after being shot twice? no! she fell to the ground and was then shot in the head. of course he says "you can ask the police dep" wtf!


AMERICAN VET May 16, 2014 9:35 am (Pacific time)

Let this come out she is not armed and WAR on police vs. VETs will not be able to be stopped, only the VET could be a grampa or 25 year old woman dressed as civilians, you coppers dress and make it easy for this war!


US VET May 16, 2014 9:32 am (Pacific time)

Where is the rest of the story? was she armed? the witness was not questioned further by this half wit reporter?


just ice May 16, 2014 8:20 am (Pacific time)

all cops need to wear cameras on their person all the time, with feed going to an external location being monitored by civilians. If for whatever reason the feed is ever interrupted or the camera is shut off, especially in relationship to a civilian being injured, killed or otherwise harangued, the cop is automatically fired and criminal charges are issued.


Ground Nail May 16, 2014 7:18 am (Pacific time)

How does "Michael D. Shelley" know for absolute fact that he is the only person that was a witness? For the same matter, I am certian that the crime remains the same no matterthe position an individual is standing or lying in when murdered by a police officer.


Anonymous May 16, 2014 6:44 am (Pacific time)

If someone is running away,whether you change it to fleeing or evading or not......why would one shoot a, person fleeing. It doesnt matter why she ran. They have her vehicle,know who she is,and could easily retreat and find her later. At the very least...was the dog just not able to catch up? The killing...the murder..is so heinous. The police are trained (not that they need help being killers) to escalate,and told over and over that citizens are their enemy. The immunity they enjoy does not help.


scott May 16, 2014 6:36 am (Pacific time)

does this only witness think that because he stated that she was on her feet when shot all three times, that justifies it? It's still murder, these officers like many many others around this nation need to pay for these crimes, one way or the other!


Rich May 16, 2014 6:11 am (Pacific time)

@jeremiah this is worse then living in a war zone. On my recent deployment to Afghanistan, we had a very strict escalation of force policy. Simply seeing a gun was not reason enough to kill someone. And that's for soldiers fighting a war! It's clear we're living in a country that has adopted a totalitarian system, which makes me second guess what I signed up to fight for in the first place...


Anonymous May 16, 2014 6:02 am (Pacific time)

Why was there a foot pursuit from a traffic stop? Is anyone else wondering what the officer had to be thinking to pull someone over, then that person is fleeing with a weapon(If there was actually a weapon found at her body after the incident, fingerprinted, etc). What type of mental preparation as a officer do you have to assume/make when confronted with that situation? If you are chasing someone with a weapon you have to be assuming the worst of a situation.


Art Lee May 16, 2014 5:58 am (Pacific time)

One big question for Michael D. Shelley if he calls again. How did the other people claiming to witness this know how many shots ? How did they know one was to the head ?


JLinTx May 16, 2014 5:33 am (Pacific time)

It is the "I am the LAW" mentality of police officers and their irrational anger at having someone dare to not do immediately as they commanded that leads to these murders much of the time. We need mentally stable officers. Which means better pay and stricter mental qualifications.


Paul May 16, 2014 5:16 am (Pacific time)

I guess this is how the salem police thank our Veterans for serving our nation...


Bill May 16, 2014 4:58 am (Pacific time)

I was nearly murdered by 5 sheriffs for walking thru a fully opened door google sheriff thomas bounds .. http://christopherdiarmani.com/4714/police/abuse-of-police-authority/alberta-sheriff-thomas-bounds-taking-insensitivity-to-an-all-new-low/


David Bauer May 16, 2014 4:45 am (Pacific time)

This is just the beginning folks. It's getting worse. 5000 killed by police since 9/11... More than in Iraq and Afghanistan... Militarization of our police force, using combat veterans and psychologically unfit people, is the norm now folks.. Get ready for much worse from our "peace keepers".


Brett May 16, 2014 4:36 am (Pacific time)

She's getting away! I bet these bullets will slow her down! When did the rules of escalating force change?


Concerned May 16, 2014 4:34 am (Pacific time)

You citizens NEED to remove the guns from your oppressors. The police are running around executing people, maybe they need the same. This police force should not have guns. They obviously do not know how to use them and are entirely too uneducated to learn how to. These cops need to stick to squirt guns. Let's see how your PD reacts. I bet they will cover for themselves. They need to be thankful they are not in the south. There is a thing called Southern Justice here.


Jamal May 16, 2014 4:29 am (Pacific time)

Don't point a gun at police....


Virginia. Mutha from Hell. Australia May 15, 2014 5:10 pm (Pacific time)

No matter how good or bad Jackie was, NO EXCUSE for her EXECUTION at the hand of "so-called LAW enforcement", middle word in THAT is "FORCE".!! Karma will get YOU Officer Trevor Morrison.!!


Jeremiah May 15, 2014 2:43 pm (Pacific time)

"I thought I saw a gun." That's all a cop needs to say to "justify" killing someone these days. Doesn't matter if there was no gun, doesn't matter if the cop's lying, doesn't matter if it was an honest mistake or outright murder. All a cop has to do to be cleared of any wrongdoing in using lethal "justifiable force" is say they thought they saw a gun. Seems to me, that's a pretty low bar to authorize killing someone outside of a war zone. Are we now living in a war zone?


Swindle May 15, 2014 12:23 pm (Pacific time)

Mr or MRS. ANON.. Do you really think execution is appropriate for attempting to flee ? do you even own a brain,, ??


Anonymous May 14, 2014 9:55 pm (Pacific time)

So the question is why are they in pursuit on foot for a traffic stop? Likely because she was trying to evade the police yes?


Anonymous May 14, 2014 5:09 pm (Pacific time)

TO THE FAMILY GET YOUR ON PERSONAL AUTOPSY DONE BECAUSE THEY ALL BACK ONE ANOTHER . IAM LIVING PROOF THEY SENT ME THE WRONG PERSON AUTOPSY WHEN THEY KILLED MY SON .


Terry Saccucci May 14, 2014 4:50 pm (Pacific time)

Why did this woman need to be killed? She never "brandished" her weapon, she never fought with the officers. Is it because she didn't want to be raped by these armed thugs with badges? Many questions & no answers...


Mike May 14, 2014 4:05 pm (Pacific time)

police are daily executing their employers... the tax payer.... I think we now have cops who no longer want to protect and serve they want to make sure they can get a barney fife notch in their gun..... there is a such thing as a throw down gun... and cops have used them many times to cover up their murding their bosses innocent tax payers.... not throwing aspersions on all cops... but you read daily cops executing inocent american citizens... raiding the wrong house and their boss(tax payer)grabs their weapon to protect their home and the cops fire away and execute an innocent person... sounds more and more like nazi germany and stalins russia as opposed to the Uited States of America


Alton Smithart May 14, 2014 9:32 am (Pacific time)

WHY was she shot at all? Was she armed with a weapon when she was shot? If not the Salem Police Officer is a Murderer. That little skinny woman was no threat. And What was the dog doing?


Phaethon May 14, 2014 8:08 am (Pacific time)

okay then witness....why did a cop with dog have to shoot her...was he a midget?....and she a giant?.....did she have a gun?...it sure does not sound like it! These things keep happening and you are going to see vigilante groups forming all over to avenge these over zealous lowlife LEO's...and don't kid yourself into thinking plans are not being made now to stop this one way or another!....The leos of today do not belong on the streets


Anonymous May 14, 2014 7:53 am (Pacific time)

As is being reported, it is apparent that the police all over this United States are hysterical little girls who are loaded for bear. They have obviously declared war upon America, so it will be no surprise when the citizens of this country go directly to the problem, and take out those offending morons, and their families right along with them. If you don't think the drug cartels have brought to the fore, how to take care of those who disrespect them, then you had better realize that America is riding on a razors edge, where just one more murder at the hands of the police will ensue the mass murder of our police forces. It is too bad that our police forces believe that they can stay one step ahead of citizenship by murdering them to set a precedent that they are in control. Remember you boys in black, there are two sides to that coin, and when TSHTF you will become center target along with your families. Is that what you really signed up for? What you're being taught in cop-school is wrong, wrong, wrong, and if you buy into that hysterical paranoid schizophrenic attitude, it will some day get you killed by an outraged citizen !!!


daniel lee morgan May 14, 2014 7:16 am (Pacific time)

Would an eye for an eye ,tooth for a tooth, be called for here. sounds a lot like murder plane and simple. Only when you have a badge, and are a coward, murdering a Human Being is justified ! Her blood is on the perps hands and the people . and i use that losely, who are his superiors... Pray for her. and pray karma deals with the exicutioners!


Sherry Woodworth May 14, 2014 7:09 am (Pacific time)

Isn't tazering deadly enough for the bloodthirsty thugs?? Why didn't she shoot him?? Veterans are waaay better marksmen than most cops. Dog was used?? How? Cop five feet behind her? Shot in the chest? This sounds really messed up to most thinking people. Cop should be detained in a padded cell until an outside investigation is satisfactorly completed.


jjp May 14, 2014 5:39 am (Pacific time)

There was no dawgs killed and the cop went home safe. What's the problem???


Boooo May 14, 2014 5:12 am (Pacific time)

It is called summary judgment. death by trigger happy badges that the mayor and city council approve. My felling you the people need to start with the mayor and demand accountability!


Eastern Front May 14, 2014 1:38 am (Pacific time)

We see more and more of these murders. Yes hang the douche bag, let it be a message to all idiot Police that your families will be at risk if you persist. It is the easiest way to get your attention and the least protected. Just sayin you all better wake up jack! Stop with the 'Blue Line' Protection bs. Cops aren't 'Special' they take the job understanding the dangers like thousands of other occupations.


Anonymous May 13, 2014 10:50 pm (Pacific time)

Cops are utterly out of control. These ---s should be string up by their balls and given the same sentace they gave this woman.


European American May 13, 2014 10:33 pm (Pacific time)

Armed Citizens and a Fascist Police State cannot coexist.


Doomsayer May 13, 2014 10:25 pm (Pacific time)

This is just the beginning - things are only going to get worse! Find Jesus now!


BarefootBoy May 13, 2014 9:24 pm (Pacific time)

Folks, do you reckon its time we take guns away from the Cops? This is plainly MURDER!!!! This Vet was not a threat that required Deadly Force to control. Maybe she didn't exactly OBEY the TERRORIST THUG, BUT SHE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE KILLED!!!


Pontus May 13, 2014 8:53 pm (Pacific time)

I hope the family takes revenge. What a police state we live in.


SadDayInAmerica May 13, 2014 6:38 pm (Pacific time)

See this everyday lately. Cops so out of control and on Power Trips. They can't even subdue Women, Dogs and Geriatric People. If American people ever wake up or get up, the BIB will be running for their lives.


Jmcaul May 13, 2014 11:50 am (Pacific time)

They are executing veterans who have knowledge and experience of use of firearms before the final push to disarm us all and place the survivors in their FEMA camps.


Anonymous May 13, 2014 4:36 am (Pacific time)

Well you know what that investigation will Yield ....... Nothing .


Sherry May 12, 2014 7:32 pm (Pacific time)

Actually, we were misquoted here...we heard 2 shots, pulled over because police cars were coming down the road, and saw the cop shoot 3 times, rather than hear 2 and saw one. Also she may have been shot in the head, that would not surprise me, but I never said it was execution style, what I said it that the feel I got from it and what I saw left no doubt in my mind that it was straight up murder...but it looked to us like she was getting shot in the back and torso, not the head...like I said though, it was dark and he continued to fire after she was falling so it would not surprise he that she was hit in the head. The rest is correct as far as what we saw and said is concerned.

Thank you for setting that straight, sorry you were misquoted.


Lisa Richardson May 12, 2014 12:54 pm (Pacific time)

She wasn't a veteran! Please let's not insult all those who actually served. She got booted out of bootcamp which does not a veteran make by any stretch of the imagination. And she wasn't shot from behind according to reports, she was shot in the chest. Responsible journalism would be reporting the truth, not the story as you choose to represent it.


Anonymous May 12, 2014 11:01 am (Pacific time)

This really shows how militant the police are getting..When I was younger, the police would have pulled her over to ask her out for a date. Now they just shoot'em.


injustice is served May 12, 2014 7:13 am (Pacific time)

How long will we continue to allow these state- sanctioned thugs to murder our children and parents, while hiding behind a badge and the 'law'? It seems like at some point we have to say enough is enough.

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