Mother of suspect killed in officer-involved shooting demanding answers

Ricky Boyd (Source: Family)
Ricky Boyd (Source: Family)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the deceased suspect in Tuesday morning's officer-involved shooting as 20-year-old Ricky Jerome Boyd.

Boyd was shot when officers with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department and U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force were serving a warrant for his arrest. He was wanted for murder and other charges.

Interim Chief Mark Revenew says it all started just after 6 a.m. as officials were serving the warrant on Marian Circle near S Robinhood Drive in Chatham County. The warrant was being served to Boyd for a homicide that happened around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 in the 2100 block of Hudson Street.

Authorities have confirmed an officer and a suspect were shot. The officer was shot multiple times and taken to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment. That officer is said to be in good condition and was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect died from his injuries after being taken to Memorial.

Several residents in the area tell us they heard multiple shots fired and then chaos ensued.

"They located the suspect and he initiated gunfire towards officers and the officers returned gunfire. We do have one of our sergeants that was shot several times. He appears to be in good condition - we're attending to him at Memorial Hospital. The suspect was critically injured and that's about all I can say at this time, other than we are turning it over to GBI, we are following our standard officer-involved shooting protocol, GBI will be handling the investigation. We will certainly have a press conference at Headquarters sometime before lunch, but that's all I can say at this point," Chief Revenew said. "They are 100 percent in charge of this investigation. We have relinquished the entire investigation to them. We have met with the deceased family and we ensured them that they would get a fair, competent, and thorough investigation. This is going to be a very long, thorough investigation. We ask that people not speculate or make any unsubstantiated comments. When this is all said and done, we will be as transparent as possible."

The community was overwhelmed with emotion, some falling to the ground, others inconsolable. The aunt of the victim is shocked that her nephew could have been involved in a homicide.

"Once I hear that, that's kind of like, to be honest with you, it throws me left because like, I don't know that about my nephew that he would do something like that," said Dee Flannings. "I wouldn't have thought."

Boyd's mother spoke to WTOC Tuesday night.

"I'm in a lot of pain right now and I need a lot of answers just like the other family members. I'm so sorry this happened to your child, but my son got gunned down today and he didn't ask for it. Especially by no damn USA Marshals. So, I want to clear my son's name. He did not shoot no cop," said Jameillah Smiley, Boyd's mother. "All I wanna know is why they came here and gunned my f****** son down. They could have shot him in the leg. They could have tased him or something, but why shoot to kill?"

Smiley is demanding answers.

"They killed him in front of his brothers and sisters, 10, 12, 14, and 17 years old. They killed my son in front of his family," she said.

Community children were heading to the bus stop around the same time the shooting happened.

"My big concern is it happened right in the area where there are kids catching the bus, people traveling and dropping kids off. That bothered me the most, not trying to elaborate on that so much, but you know, when you think about it and hear about a kid getting shot or something, it's a little more touchy," said Larry Smith, who lives nearby. "The kids were down there on the corner. That was a little shocking for something like that to happen and the kids about to catch the bus."

Smith says he was concerned about what could have happened if a stray bullet hit a passerby.

In the meantime, Boyd's mother is standing by waiting for an answer.

"Why shoot and kill my child? 20-years-old. Shoot and kill my child like he was a dog," she said.

All 11 bullet holes from the shooting are visible on the side of the house.

Stay with us for updates on this developing story.

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