Mother of woman killed in Longview standoff remembers daughter as 'sweet angel' caught in downward spiral
POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 4:56pm
The Longview New-Journal — 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.