Jaquare M. Jackson, 31, with a last known address in Akron, ended up on the Portage County Sheriff's Office 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list for the week of Feb. 1. He was wanted for failing to appear at a hearing on his alleged non-compliance with court orders following a February 2008 felony conviction for failing to pay child support.
The warrant for his arrest, however, is moot: Jackson was killed in a drive-by shooting in West Akron on Nov. 14, according to the (Akron) Beacon Journal. The newspaper reported that the father of four was shot and killed at about 3 p.m. that day as he and a passenger sat in Jackson's car near the intersection of Cedar and South Maple streets in Akron.
Lonnie Johnson, a childhood friend of Jackson who grew up with him in Kent, pointed out the error on the "10 Most Wanted" list in an email to the Record-Courier. He called it "disrespectful" to Jackson, Jackson's family and the public.
"I thought to myself how could this happen with the amount of time that has passed and not been adjusted," he wrote.
Sheriff David Doak said he also received an email about the error. Jackson's name and picture have been removed from the list, which is available online at www.co.portage.oh.us/sheriff.htm. According to court records, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman vacated all unpaid court costs and fines in Jackson's case on Monday, citing his death.
Doak said Jackson's inclusion in the list was simply human error, and that he "certainly would not" have published Jackson's name and picture on the list if he had known Jackson was dead.
A sheriff's detective looks through open warrants and puts the list together from there, Doak said. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of warrants for the already "overloaded" Warrants Division detectives to track down, he said.
"From time to time, we've had issues of family members getting disturbed because someone's picture is in there, or people call in because maybe the warrant was recalled" by a judge, but this is apparently the first time a deceased person has made the list, Doak said.
Doak said he still believes the "Most Wanted" list can be a valuable law enforcement tool and is not planning to do away with it because of one mistake.
"I frequently get tips on people who are on there," he said.
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