Prosecutors have announced that manslaughter charges against a white former police officer in the 2015 deadly shooting of a black man have been dropped, concluding that he had acted in self-defense.
As Boykin chased, Ball pointed a gun at the officer and was shot and killed.
A handgun was found at the scene but Ball’s family questioned why he had to shoot the 26 year old.
Canyon Boykin pleaded not guilty in 2016 after being indicted in the death of Ricky Ball.
The killing sparked protests in 2015 in Columbus, a mostly black city of 23,000 in northeastern Mississippi.
In a brief statement Thursday, Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch said her office reviewed the case and determined Boykin acted in self-defense.