SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday morning at a home on Marian Circle.
Around 6:15 a.m. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers and U.S. Marshals Task Force members arrived at the home to serve a warrant in the Jan. 21 homicide on Hudson Street.
That’s when the suspect, 20-year-old Ricky Jerome Boyd initiated gunfire.
Police returned fire at Boyd, shooting him several times. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
SCMPD Sergeant Sean Wilson was also caught in the crossfire but is expected to be okay.
Neighbors say they were shocked to see police cars lining their street early Tuesday morning.
“I was hoping it was a fire or something else, I would never imagine it would be shooting going on while young children were out trying to get on the bus,” says Stefanie Fox.
Fox says she called Boyd’s aunt when she heard the sirens.
“Please don’t let my nephew be dead, please don’t let my nephew be dead,” Boyd’s aunt told Fox.
SCMPD Interim Chief Mark Revenew says they have met with Boyd’s family and ensure “that they would get a fair, thorough and competent investigation.”
At the request of SCMPD, the investigation has been turned over to the GBI for review.
WSAV spoke to Boyd’s mother, Jameilla Smiley, who said she is mourning her son’s death while seeking answers.
“I want to clear my son’s name. He did not shoot no cop. They are doing a thorough investigation. The truth will come out,” she said.
All officers involved in Tuesday’s shooting have been placed on a routine administrative leave.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the GBI Statesboro office at 912-871-1121.
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