WTOC Investigates: Ricky Boyd case now getting national attention

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Monday marks three months since the officer-involved shooting in Savannah when 20-year-old Ricky Boyd was shot and killed by police.

This case is now getting national attention because of the inconsistencies with what police say happened and what family members say they saw.

On January 23, U.S. Marshals and Savannah Police officers were looking for 20-year-old Ricky Boyd because investigators say he was a prime suspect in the murder of Balil Whifield just a few days earlier.

In a WTOC investigation earlier this April, we told you that the statements from police slowly changed from Boyd allegedly "initiated gunfire towards officers" to later stating that a "confrontation occurred between officers which resulted in officers discharging their firearms"

Ricky's mom, Jameillah Smiley, said that she watched the police body camera video and says her son did not have a gun, nor did not appear to be a threat to police.

"He has his hands out and then he turns towards to his left to some more officers," Smiley said. "When he makes that turn again, his hands are still out and he's immediately shot and you see him falling straight to the ground."

"It doesn't make any sense to me that they would show the mother, grandmother, aunt, an activist, these individuals in this video," said attorney Will Claiborne. "That it shows what it shows and the folks that would be the most hurt emotionally by it coming out are the ones calling for it to be released. The family is calling for the video of their son being shot dead to be released. And they won't do it."

Investigators say they are not releasing that video anytime soon because this is still an active investigation.

They also still have yet to release the name of the officer or officers who fired the shots.

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