Mother of woman killed in Longview standoff remembers daughter as 'sweet angel' caught in downward spiral

Mother of woman killed in Longview standoff remembers daughter as 'sweet angel' caught in downward spiral
The Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 3:56pm

Candace Jackson was preparing for Armageddon in the months before a police marksman's bullets ended her life.

The lanky blonde, who had been a body builder and award-winning nurse, was in a fragile state of mind when she opened fire on police outside her Longview home May 9, her mother Cathy Fisher said.

Violent confrontations between her daughter and a former roommate also contributed to Jackson’s unbalanced mindset the day of her death, she said.

Inside the home at 2007 Eden Drive where Jackson spent her last hours, a stockpile of supplies — from batteries and medical supplies to gas masks and ammunition magazines — sat untouched this past week.

Fisher walked around the bullet-riddled house speaking publicly for the first time about her daughter’s downward spiral after using drugs and developing a relationship with her former roommate, who Fisher described as a theology student who believed the end of the world was drawing near.

During the tour of the home Jackson bought in 2004, Fisher pointed out 40 one-gallon bottles of water, about 30 canisters of Coleman fuel, a high-end electric generator, two gas masks, four emergency blankets, hundreds of batteries and 25 empty high-capacity AR15 magazines — capable of holding 978 rounds of ammunition.
 

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What a shame.

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