Cop Shoots, Kills Native Woman; Family Disputes Police Version
A Tacoma police officer fatally shot Puyallup tribal member Jacqueline Salyers just before midnight on January 28. Her uncle and family spokesperson James Rideout said Salyers, 33, was in the driver’s seat of a parked car. Kenneth Wright, Jr., who is not a tribal member, was in the passenger seat.
According to Tacoma Police Department spokesperson Loretta Cool, officers were in the area seeking Wright for outstanding felony warrants involving robbery, firearms and drugs. They recognized Wright, exited their vehicle and approached the parked car. How the next few moments unfolded is a matter of dispute.