COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Attorneys for former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin say their client has been indicted for the October 16th shooting death of Ricky Ball.
Jim Waide and Jeff Russell of Tupelo say Boykin has not been served with an indictment but add they expect the charge to be manslaughter. Boykins legal team says they are also not certain when that indictment would be served
Boykin shot and killed Ricky Ball on October 16, 2015 after a traffic stop.
The shooting happened in North Columbus.
Ball was the passenger in a car. He ran from the vehicle and Boykin gave chase.
That there was a struggle between Ball and Boykin that included a taser and ended with gunfire, according to an incident report released by CPD.
Officers lost sight of Ball and he was later found between two houses on 14th Avenue North.
A stolen gun from an officer’s home was found next to Ball, along with drugs.
In all, three officers were were placed on administrative leave after the shooting. Yolanda Young has resigned and Max Branch has returned to duty.
Boykin says he was fired and has filed a federal lawsuit against the city.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation investigated the deadly officer involved shooting.
A special prosecutor from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office presented the investigation to a Lowndes County grand jury.
The city of Columbus declined to comment on Boykin’s indictment.