Neighbors of Ricky Boyd not convinced after grand jury deems shooting justified

Neighbors of Ricky Boyd not convinced after grand jury deems shooting justified
(Source: WTOC)

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A Chatham County grand jury concluded Wednesday that the officer-involved shooting death of 20-year-old Ricky Boyd is justified. We caught up with some of Boyd's neighbors who still aren't convinced.

We asked neighbors their thoughts less than an hour after the jury released its decision from the Chatham County Courthouse. As a whole, their reaction is one of confusion. Only a few doors down from Ricky Boyd's home, neighbors watched as WTOC broke the news.

"I don't believe that for one second. I don't believe that," said neighbor, Donald Lambert.

He says a grand jury of 23 people won't convince him until the body camera footage is released to the public.

"Let us all determine what the truth is. I don't know what the grand jury saw, but according to what the family saw, they say he didn't have a weapon," Lambert said.

A report released by the jury states that when Boyd exited the home, 'he quickly removed his hands from his pocket area holding a BB gun and assumed a shooter's two-handed stance while pointing the BB gun in the direction of officers.'

Officers then shot Boyd in defense, and the report says, 'officers were reluctant to approach him because the gun he held remained in close proximity to his body and officers were unaware if he was still a threat.'

The testimony that it was an officer on scene who removed the gun from near Boyd's body doesn't make sense to these neighbors either.

"Do you believe they moved the gun from the body to the tree to get it away from Ricky Boyd," we asked?

"No. I still think this is a cover-up," Lambert said.

Despite the decision, some are choosing not to take sides yet.

"The trust is broken between the family and law enforcement," said another neighbor, Robert Frazier.

He also believes no one will rest easy until all of the evidence is released.

"I know families are confused. I know the community and neighbors are confused. Hopefully, in the near future, information will be provided where we will have a better understanding," Frazier said.

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