A Colorado family is dumbfounded after a Rocky Ford police officer broke down their door, and fatally shot one of the residents in the back without apparent cause or explanation.
Sara Lindenmuth said that a Rocky Ford police officer, now identified as James Ashby, forced his way into her brother-in-laws residence after he came home around 2:00 am Sunday morning.
Lindenmuth says her brother-in-law, 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, and the officer began yelling at each other.
“He was standing next to his mom, his back turned toward the officer and then [Ashby] shot him twice in the back and then pepper sprayed him,” Lindenmuth said. “Then they hand cuffed his fiancé, for reasons I don’t know why. And the mom went to call the cops and the cop took her phone and threw it against the wall.”
“He just showed up,” she explained. “No one knows why he just showed up. It just all happened unexpectedly.”
Jacquez’s fiance, Mariah, said that he had been out late because he was helping a friend babysit. She said she was asleep before she was awoke by gunshots.
“Came out, gun shots firing. Found my fiancé on the floor. He couldn’t breathe,” she affirmed.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating the case. Officer James Ashby was placed on administrative leave pending the investigations outcome.
Police State Daily requests for comment made to the Rocky Ford Police Department were unsuccessful but officials have said no details will be released until the CBI investigation is concluded. No explanation as to why the shooting occurred has been given.
Jacquez was shot at his home on 3rd Street near Swink Avenue. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Update – Officer James Ashby charged with murder: