GBI investigates deadly police shootings involving fake guns

GBI investigates deadly police shootings involving fake guns
Ricky Boyd (Source: Chatham County Jail)
Ricky Boyd (Source: Chatham County Jail)

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a string of deadly police shootings involving replica handguns that often look just like real guns.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells WSB-TV the four shootings that happened over the past few weeks are still open.

Last week, a man armed with an airsoft pistol and a murder suspect armed with a BB gun were shot and killed by police in Gwinnett County and Savannah, respectively.

In addition, police also shot and killed a robbery suspect armed with a BB gun in East Point last week. Days before that, a robbery suspect allegedly armed with a BB gun was shot and killed by a police officer in Dunwoody.

Retired GBI official Moses Ector says the replica guns look identical to real guns, making it hard to quickly know if the threat is real.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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