Family of Columbus man killed in GSP involved shooting meets with GBI investigators

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One month after a Columbus man was shot and killed during a Georgia State Patrol DUI road check, family members are speaking out.

Jarvis Lykes, 35, died after he was shot Friday, Dec. 29 during a GSP road check on Lumpkin Court.

Monday, family members, attorneys, and founder of Atlanta non-profit, Save Our Selves, met with investigators within Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to have lingering questions answered.

The meeting also provided the family an opportunity to address additional concerns related to the investigation.

"I think our biggest concern is his [Lykes] non-ability to be able to be prosecuted and that be the case for some of his wrongdoing, instead of now being in the cemetery. The mere fact that we do know there was faulty equipment specifically there for road checkpoints,  just doesn't sit well," says Marcus Coleman, founder, and CEO of Save Our Selves.

Family members say there is still concern about what 'actually' happened the night of the fatal shooting, spurred by conflicting eyewitness reports. They are also raising awareness about the alleged faulty trooper vehicle.

"I do not understand how the patrol vehicle used in a DUI checkpoint where you have to identify drivers under the influence, you have to identify the vehicle, you have to identify the license plate,  was put out on the street," says Coleman.

The GBI is heading up the investigation. It's expected to last anywhere from 60 to 90 days.

The findings will then be turned over to local District Attorney's office.

Lykes body was sent to Decatur for an autopsy; currently waiting on results.

The sister of Lykes, Jeneshia Passmore, thanked the public for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time, and hopes 'justice will prevail.'

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