Rocky Ford to pay $1.3 million in suit
The town of Rocky Ford will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man fatally shot in the back by an on-duty police officer in 2014.
The money will be paid to Jack Jacquez’s three minor children and his mother, Viola B. Jacquez, according to a copy of the settlement agreement obtained by The Denver Post. The settlement does not specify how much each family member will receive or what percentage of the money will be paid to the lawyers who represented them.
Jacquez, 27, was shot to death Oct. 12, 2014, by former officer James Ashby, who chased Jacquez into his mother’s home and fired two shots in the kitchen as Viola B. Jacquez watched.
Ashby is serving 16 years in prison after he was found guilty in June 2016 of second-degree murder for killing Jack Jacquez. He is one of the few Colorado police officers to be charged and convicted in an on-duty shooting death.
Ashby had performance issues at previous jobs, including as a police officer in Walsenburg where multiple complaints had been filed against him. The shooting revealed multiple problems within the department, including that other Rocky Ford police officers had troubled histories while employed at other departments.