Victim's mom in fatal officer-involved shooting seeks answers - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Victim's mom in fatal officer-involved shooting seeks answers

Erica Woods wants justice for her son, Quandavier Hicks (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) Erica Woods wants justice for her son, Quandavier Hicks (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
(Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) - Throughout the day friends and family have been gathering outside a small Northside apartment house where Quandavier Hicks used to live and where he was shot and killed by police. 

As the investigation continues into the fatal shooting, the victim's family is trying to come to grips with their loss and is looking for answers.

[Related: Chief: Man killed in police-involved shooting pointed rifle directly at officer]

The mother of Quandavier Hicks say she wants justice.

Hicks' mother, Erica Hicks-Woods, says she and other family members drove through the night from Atlanta after receiving the gut wrenching news, news that became all too real to her when she arrived here on Chase Avenue.

"I want to know why, I want to know why, I want to know why, I want to know why, I want to know why I had to travel 800 miles just to see what's wrong Quandavier. What's wrong, what's wrong, where his house at," Woods said.

Woods was practically inconsolable after seeing the exact spot where her son was fatally shot, a shooting police chief Jeffrey Blackwell last night said appeared to have been justified.

"Based on the facts known to us right now we think the officer protected his partner officer and himself," Blackwell said.

For Woods, that's hard to swallow.

"You not going to tell me a police grabbed the muzzle of the gun and he was still a threat. You not going to tell me that you walked in this door and you knocked and he didn't come out with his hands....you not going to tell me, you not going to tell me," Woods said.

FOX19 reached out to chief Blackwell for comment and to the Hamilton County Coroner's office after Woods' claim that she has not been allowed to see her son's body.

Woods says she plans to have her sons remains cremated, but arrangements for a memorial are still being worked out.

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