Suspect who died after gunfire exchange with officer ID’d

A murder suspect who was shot in an exchange of gunfire with an officer while authorities served a warrant has died, the GBI said Tuesday.

About 6:15 a.m., U.S. marshals and Savannah Chatham Metropolitan police officers went to the 100 block of Marian Circle, authorities said. The recipient of the warrant, who was suspected in a weekend shooting that left a 24-year-old man dead, started shooting, according to police. Officers returned fire.

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“Upon officers’ arrival, they called out the suspect,” interim police Chief Mark Revenew said at a news conference. “He confronted them with a weapon. He was critically injured. We had an officer that was shot.”

The man was identified as 20-year-old Ricky Jerome Boyd, the GBI said Tuesday afternoon.

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Both the officer and the suspect were taken to a hospital, according to police. The officer’s identity has not been released.

The GBI has been asked to investigate, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases.

There have been four officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year, according to the GBI. In 2017, the agency investigated 95 officer-involved shootings. 

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