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Date: 01-04-2023

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United States of America v. Jarred Javon Ford

Case Number: 5:21-CR-105


Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (Wake County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Jarred Javon Ford was a convicted felon and got into a shootout with Nash County Deputies on I-95.

“This case was a violent shooting of a law enforcement officer that, thankfully, did not result in a loss of life,” stated U.S. Attorney Michel Easley. “Due to the quick reaction of the deputy who was able to return fire, this felon was apprehended. My office stands by law enforcement, and we will continue to vigorously prosecute those who attack the men and women to put their lives on the line to protect us.”

“During a traffic stop in Nash County, Ford fired over a dozen rounds at Deputies Shelby Smith and William Toney,” said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone. “With the training the Deputies had received, they were able to bring Ford into custody after a gun battle which left Deputy Toney shot four times and bleeding badly. Deputy Smith and Deputy Toney are true heroes. As noted by Franklin D. Roosevelt ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.’ Men and women of law enforcement don a badge each and every day willing to lay down their life. I am grateful for the ongoing partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office, working together with law enforcement at every level, to protect our communities from violence. We remain vigilant and dedicated to our duty to protect and serve.”

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Ford was speeding on Interstate 95 and Nash County deputies conducted a traffic stop based on the speeding violation. One of the deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as she interacted with Ford and asked Ford step out of the vehicle. The second deputy arrived on the scene as back up and stood by Ford as the first deputy explained to Ford, she had smelled marijuana. Ford indicated there was marijuana in the car. She explained to Ford that she was going to search him, and his car, and Ford began to struggle with the deputies. Ford pulled a gun out of his pocket and discharged it multiple times, striking one of the deputies in both arms and his hip. The other deputy was able to return fire and struck Ford multiple times.

Ford testified in his own defense at his trial and admitted to possessing the firearm and to shooting the Nash County Deputy. Ford said he discharged his firearm at least 4-5 times until his gun jammed. 

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded. U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle presided over the sentencing. Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aakash Singh and Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

Violation of 21 U.S.C. 922(g) which provides:

(g) It shall be unlawful for any person-

(1) who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;

(2) who is a fugitive from justice;

(3) who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802));

(4) who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution;

(5) who, being an alien-

(A) is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or

(B) except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)));

(6) who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;

(7) who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship;

(8) who is subject to a court order that-

(A) was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had an opportunity to participate;

(B) restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; and

(C)(i) includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or

(ii) by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury; or

(9) who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,

to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

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