Family Outraged That Police Killed Murder Suspect Pointing Gun At Cops

Officers fatally shot a murder suspect after he pointed a BB gun at police who came to arrest him.

Savannah, GA – A murder suspect was fatally shot by police early Tuesday, after the man pointed a BB pistol at officers when they came to arrest him.

Ricky Boyd, 20, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the New York Post reported.

Savannah-Chatham County Police Department (SCCPD) Sergeant Sean Wilson was treated for gunshot wounds and was released from the hospital.

Boyd was the suspect in the Jan. 21 homicide of 24-year-old Balil Whitfield, who was found shot to death inside a vehicle, WTOC reported.

Police and federal marshals went to serve an arrest warrant at Boyd’s Savannah residence at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, and instructed everyone to exit the home, the New York Post reported.

But when Boyd stepped out, he was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. He refused to comply with officers’ directives, and raised the weapon.

Officers opened fire on the man, who was shot several times.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) handled the scene, and determined that Boyd had actually been in possession of a “BB air gun” that was powered by carbon dioxide.

“The officer did suffer gunshot wounds as well as other possible injuries,” GBI agent Bill Bodrey said.

Investigators are still working to determine whether Sgt. Wilson was hit by another officers’ gunfire, he explained.

SCCPD officials initially said that officers returned fire after Boyd shot at them. The GBI continues to investigate the incident.

"All I wanna know is why they came here and gunned my f*****g son down,” Boyd’s mother, Jameillah Smiley told WTOC. “They could have shot him in the leg. They could have tased him or something, but why shoot to kill?"

His grandmother, Mattie Smiley Wallace argued that Boyd didn’t kill Whitfield, WSAV reported.

“I want truth. Don’t lie about my grandson. I want truth,” Wallace said. “I don’t want no battle or none of that. I want to know who killed – who truly killed – that young man. Dig a little harder because it wasn’t my grandson.”

Wallace told WSAV that her family is still trying to understand how the situation between Boyd and the arresting officers escalated so quickly, although she and Smiley neglected to mention the lookalike handgun Boyd pointed at officers during the incident.

”Seeing him on the ground still shooting and shooting on him and at him while he’s on the ground. I’m steady telling them stop, stop he’s on the ground,” Wallace said. “My grandchildren telling them to stop–you think they stopped?”

"They killed him in front of his brothers and sisters, 10, 12, 14, and 17 years old. They killed my son in front of his family," Smiley told WTOC. "Why shoot and kill my child? 20-years-old. Shoot and kill my child like he was a dog.”

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Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I feel bad for the family, but I own a couple of those CO2 replica guns, and they look real. The sound close to a .22 and all the action moves like my regular pistols. There is no way a cop could tell from even 10 ft away that it was a BB gun.

bronx163
bronx163

You point a gun at cops, you just guaranteed your demise. Son was a shit bag.

YoP
YoP

Pellet guns can kill a person..

PSP4300PROUD
PSP4300PROUD
JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Bad Parenting at its finest, maybe his brothers and sisters will learn from his mistakes! 1. Don’t murder someone 2. Don’t point B.B. guns at people 3. Respect law enforcement!

WalterL48
WalterL48

Sorry for the kid, but I have had CO2 BBguns for years and have killed rabbits with one shot at 50 ft. The only reason to come out holding that gun was to USE IT! Parents should have raised their kids better.

tired of all this
tired of all this

Tough shit. Should have left his BB gun inside.

KTA
KTA

Maybe suicide by cop so his moms won't see the evidence at the trial?

ntrtainr
ntrtainr

"Live by the sword......die by the sword". Pull ANY firearm out, aim it at a police officer and PREPARE TO DIE. Nothing more.....nothing less. His parents should be SO proud of the stellar way they raised him!

cspcapt
cspcapt

I wonder what the family of his murder victim has to say

cspcapt
cspcapt

looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree

Becky.schmitt
Becky.schmitt

If an Officer tells you to stay where you are don’t (DON’T MOVE). When they tell you to keep your hands where they can see them (DO IT). (NEVER ) point a gun I don’t care what type of gun you’re carrying because they will shoot. They are out there everyday Working hard to keep our Communities Safe from harm. And lastly if you respect them you will get respect in return. THE END

gfc1963
gfc1963

Well your son should not have pointed a fucking gun at the cops and done what they told him to do and he would be alive today! Amazing how these parents blame everyone else but themselves or their son/daughter.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

Why is this even a headline?! Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

rds40
rds40

How far back did they have to go to get that photo? No current mugshots available?

VicG
VicG

Typical, put the blame on someone else. Tough shit...

Gator61
Gator61

He could not have committed MURDER! Known fact, don't commit crimes don't worry about the Police. Where is his families concern for the Man he MURDERED?

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

Poor ignorant black people. Can't understand the simple concept of underwear and can't understand the concept of "point a weapon at a Policeman and he will SHOOT you". It is truly the modern day "black plague".

FrogHill
FrogHill

Anyone ever see the movie "Idiocracy?" Life is imitating art

FrogHill
FrogHill

According to the mom's coat, her son should have went surfing

xcop985
xcop985

My baby du nuffin again

RunCop
RunCop

Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa. Police: 1. Thug: 0

Katarina
Katarina

If this happened "right in front" of the family, there is no excuse for her false claims and denial other than media attention and hope for a pay out. Might be a good time to inform the siblings to keep their pants up and hands empty if they want to live.

RunCop
RunCop

The preschool and kindergarten ' cap and gown' photos are a nice ghetto touch !

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@idiotseverywhere cool story. Care to comment on all the non-black violence against cops lately? "White Plague" doesn't have a solid ring to it though, you'll have to come up with something more catchy.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Stupid people shouldn't breed.

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

Why don't you try to stay on topic (READ). Policemen will just as quickly shoot a white person with a gun as a black. The point is, more ignorant blacks (percentage wise) pull weapons on the Police and thankfully get shot for it. You can't argue this, although a typical mentally ill liberal (such as yourself) will try. Uh, why don't they shoot him in the arm? DUH! They should shoot them in the crotch so they can't breed more ignorant fools.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@idiotseverywhere I'm not liberal, clown. And I gotcha on staying in topic. The next time a white shoots a cop, I'll be sure to tag you there to hear your thoughts.

Something tells me I won't have to wait too long.

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

If you're not a liberal, then stop acting like one (although I still think you are). I'm not talking about color shooting Police. I'm talking about Police shooting people WITH weapons. The ignorant blacks complain when they are shot (99% of the time justified). Is your other name Ronald? I would shoot you if you pulled a weapon on me and I don't even know your race (I have a pretty good idea).

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@idiotseverywhere first off, you wouldn't shoot me because we will never cross paths, and I don't plan on going to East Jesus, Oklahoma to meet up with you. Second, you're definitely talking about color. Don't play dumber than you are.

I also have a pretty solid idea of your race and age too, Herbert.

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

It's better than living in Pedophile, atheist New York like you do. Like most liberals, when you no longer have an intelligent argument you attack by name calling and insults. Don't answer me anymore. You DON'T read, you skim to get just what you want to. I don't have time to suffer fools. You now bore me greatly. Get off here and go to myspace. I don't have time to talk to 5 year olds. Get back on here when you've grown up. And BELIEVE me, I would never need a weapon to confront someone like you. I know you won't listen, but quit bothering me. You're a victim and that will never change. Now go ahead and answer because you can't help yourself, child!

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

Moral of the story: Don't commit a crime (especially murder) and don't point a weapon of ANY kind at the police.

cops-kid
cops-kid

My poor little innocent baby never did anything wrong and they just came in and murdered him for no reason ... take a knee

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

For some reason (could it be stupidity), blacks have a lot of trouble with this concept. It seems that the lowest idiot would finally realized......"pull a weapon on the Police and they will shoot you". No, the concept is way above their level of intelligence. Similar to their total lack of the concept of "simple UNDERwear".

idiotseverywhere
idiotseverywhere

I especially love the respect she had for her "son"....."All I wanna know is why they came here and gunned my f*g son down". Thanks Ma! Shows you she knows exactly what her son was worth to society.

idiotseverywhere

maekg40
maekg40

How sad that there are still people that damn stupid !!