Family of Columbus man speaks out in officer involved shooting death

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Instead of celebrating the new year, the family of Jarvis Lykes Is mourning the death of a loved one.

The incident took place on Lumpkin Court after a patrol road check turned deadly Friday night. Family members think there's something that's not being said and shown.

"According to what the police officer said, the incident took place at 9:51. He was pronounced dead at 10:37. No one contacted this family until 5:30 a.m. the next morning. Why did they keep the body laying there for so long?" asks the grandparents of Lykes.

Investigators say both GSP and Columbus police tried to pull him over before stopping on Lumpkin Court when officers say things got physical, and that led to Lykes being shot once in the upper torso. 

"If there was a struggle yes, but you didn't have to kill him like that. He could have been tased and that would've taken care of the situation."

The family is requesting any kind of video evidence to support the claim of the statement made by police. 

They say that Lykes was a great man and that this isn't the reason that the family should be coming together at this time of the year.

"We have a father, a brother, a son that has been taken away from us. With all the killings that's been going on in Columbus GA, this didn't have to happen."

And they are calling for any officials who can help for closure.

"The city leaders as far as the mayor being over the public safety to look into this, NAACP, anyone that's out there that's heard anything about this, look into this. Let's give this family some closure and answers to what really happened."

The GBI says it will conduct an independent investigation to figure out what exactly happened Friday night. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for review.

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