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Coroner: Man shot in the back by CSU police, victim's family speaks out

A Columbus man was shot twice from behind by Columbus State University police, according to Muscogee County coroner Buddy Bryan. 

Zikarious Jaquan Flint, 20, was shot once in the back and back of the neck during a foot chase near Courtyard One North at a dormitory on campus after authorities claim someone saw him with a gun. 

CSU Police Chief Rus Drew said the call came in at 2:35 p.m., and officers arrived at the scene at 2:38 p.m. Drew adds that the suspect was unloading and putting a bullet into his gun when CSU police approached him.
 
Chief Drew claims the victim, who was not a CSU student, ran from police. There was a chase and shots were fired.

Flint was transported to Midtown Medical Center at 3:07 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 3:29 Sunday afternoon.

Monday morning, the victim's family gathered at Progressive Funeral Home on St. Mary's Road to demand answers and "clear his name," his father Homer Flint said.  

"I would never expected to bury my son before I get buried," Flint declared.

Flint said ZiKarious Flint was his oldest and only son. He declared ZiKarious Flint worked at Kirby Vacuum and had big plans for his future. 

"He just got his GED almost two years ago. He was heading to Jacksonville, Fla. to go to school," Flint said.

Homer Flint said his son had plans of studying welding at Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville. His family also says he was a role model to his younger siblings and never got into any trouble. 

"No trouble, no felonies, no anything. He was a clean cut kid," Homer Flint said.
     
The Flint family has hired attorneys Stacey Jackson and Shevon Thomas to represent them. 
     
While speaking to the Flint family, questions of whether or not the victim had a gun were not unanswered. 

"We don't want to get into all those specifics," Jackson interjected. 

Jackson claimed several eye witnesses told him Zikarious Flint was not a suspect but a victim.

"The three witnesses all stated that they did see Mr. Flint running away from police and when he was shot his back was to the officer that shot him. While he was running he did not have any type of weapon in either hand," Jackson revealed. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is investigating this case. Comments are not made on active investigations.

"This is a terrible tragedy," CSU President Tim Mescon said. "We will cooperate fully with the investigation by GBI. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this, as well as their families."
   
The CSU police officer that shot the victim has not been identified. Officials report he has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Homer Flint said he had a message for the officer that shot and killed his son, "To the cop, I also prayed for you last night as well."
   
The CSU police officer that shot the victim has not been identified. Officials report he has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Homer Flint said he had a message for the officer that shot and killed his son, "To the cop, I also prayed for you last night as well."

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