JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi attorney general's office dismissed the manslaughter charge against a white Columbus police officer who shot and killed a black man after a traffic stop.
A grand jury indicted Canyon Boykin in the October 2015 killing of Ricky Ball, but the state said a review of the evidence does not support prosecution.
"In fact, all evidence, including forensics and the sworn statements of four separate MBI (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation) investigators, points to necessary self-defense," according to a statement from the AG's office.
Boykin, who's no longer with the department, said Ball ran from the traffic stop and had a gun when he shot him.
Investigators said Boykin fired multiple shots and did not have his body camera on during the traffic stop, the chase or the shooting.
Not having the camera on is one of the reasons cited by the city in its firing of Boykin. He and the city later settled his wrongful termination lawsuit.
District Attorney Scott Colom will speak about the state's decision concerning the case in a Friday morning news conference.