Former Columbus officer indicted on manslaughter charge

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WJTV) — A former Columbus police officer is charged with manslaughter.

Attorney General Jim Hood said 26-year-old Canyon Boykin was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Lowndes County. Judge James Kitchens set Boykin’s bond at $20,000.

The indictment alleges that Boykin unnecessarily shot Ricky Ball while Ball was fleeing from Boykin following a traffic stop. Boykin was an officer for the Columbus Police Department.

“Officer-involved shootings present challenges for every community in which they occur. A Lowndes County Grand Jury chose to indict Mr. Boykin for unnecessarily shooting a Columbus resident. The Lowndes County Grand Jury has given me my marching orders as a prosecutor. It is my duty to carry out those orders and present the case to a Lowndes County Circuit Court Jury at trial,” Attorney General Hood said. “Our police officers put their lives on the line for us every day. We owe it to them and to our citizens to see that the highest standards of conduct are always met.”

If convicted of the charge, Boykin faces up to 20 years behind bars.

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