Video: CPD Releases Additional Official Details About Ricky Ball Death

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The following are facts which are known involving the shooting death of Ricky Ball on October 16th, 2015.    Information in this case may seem to be given untimely or slower than you would like.  I understand that.  As the leader of the Columbus Police Department, I want the information you receive from me to be accurate.   I am committed to transparency and want to keep you informed as this case progresses.  Many questions you may have can still not be answered until MBI completes their investigation, and I do not want to comment on anything that involves their active investigation.

  1. On October 16, 2015 at 10:08 p.m., a Columbus Police Officer radioed dispatch advising that a vehicle was failing to yield to blue lights which he was trying to stop. According to 911 the traffic stop was being attempted around 22nd Street North and 15th Avenue North
  1. The next radio transmission was a report of shots being fired at their location.
  1. The suspect vehicle was occupied by a female driver, Shannon Brewer, and a male passenger who was later identified as Ricky Ball.
  1. Three police officers (Canyon Boykin, Johnny Branch, and Yolanda Young) and an unauthorized civilian ride-along passenger, Alisha Stanford, occupied the officer’s vehicle.
  1. When the suspect vehicle stopped, the passenger, Ricky Ball, jumped out of the car and attempted to flee.
  1. Officers attempted to arrest Ball which resulted in gunfire.
  2. Specifics surrounding why Ricky Ball was shot are still being investigated by the MS Bureau of Investigations (MBI).


  1. Officers lost sight of Mr. Ball following the shooting.
  1. A perimeter was established and the officers called for more back-up.
  1. Officers checked several abandoned houses in the area of 15th Avenue North and 20th Street North in attempts to locate Mr. Ball.
  1. A K-9 with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office was called in to track the suspect and started tracking at approximately 10:23p.m.
  1. At approximately 10:30 p.m., Mr. Ball was found between two houses located on 14th Avenue North which is approximately a block and a half away from the vehicle which he was riding in.
  1. A handgun and suspected illegal narcotics were found beside where Mr. Ball had collapsed. Forensic Examination, which includes DNA & Fingerprints, will have to be conducted by MBI to determine if Mr. Ball ever possessed any of these items.
  1. Mr. Ball was transported by ambulance to the Baptist Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
  1. The handgun recovered beside Mr. Ball was reported stolen on August 5, 2015 in Columbus from a residential burglary of a Columbus Police Officer’s home on 4th Street North. This was the second residential burglary of this Police Officer’s home in less than a year.

The first burglary of this officer’s home was reported on Sept. 14, 2014 in which five (5) firearms, two (2) televisions, and an Xbox were stolen. Columbus Investigators are still actively looking for information on the location of Arthur Danagelo Davidson in connection to this burglary.

The second burglary was reported on August 5, 2015 at the same residence. In this burglary, two (2) firearms, one (1) television, one (1) laptop computer, one (1) handheld radio, and one (1) Xbox were stolen. The first firearm was the Officer’s Glock .40 service weapon along with his department issued handheld radio. The second firearm was a Taurus 9mm which was recovered within arm’s reach of Ricky Ball when officers discovered him lying on the ground between two homes off 14th Avenue North.

  1. All three officers involved in the traffic stop the night of October 16th were equipped with Body Cameras. None were activated prior to or during the shooting. Only one camera recorded events, approximately 30 seconds after the shooting. All of the videos recorded that night by CPD have been turned over to MBI investigators.


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