Woman says her son didn't shoot at security guard

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The mother of a Memphis man accused of shooting at a security guard claims her son didn't do it.

Ryan Liggins, 18, is charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder.  But Tricia Liggins says her son is innocent.

"My son is not capable of doing nothing like this," Tricia said Thursday. "This is ridiculous."

According to Memphis police, Ryan Liggins was loitering and suspected of dealing drugs Saturday at the Harmony Woods Apartments when two security guards asked him to leave.

"He said, 'He asked me to leave the property and I left,'" Tricia said as she recounted a conversation with her son. "Instead, the man just pushed him, and spit on him, and my son was very upset."

Investigators claim Liggins got into an argument with one of the security guards, walked away, and then returned, firing at the guards.

"He was fighting, or whatever," Tricia said. "They had a verbal argument, like they say, so my son left. My son hadn't fired no shot. I haven't seen him with no gun."

Earlier this week, Action News 5 spoke with Ray Ewing, one of the guards, who was shot in the stomach..

"My gun flew one place, and I was basically on the ground trying to get up, but I couldn't move," Ewing said.

According to Ewing, the other security guard fired back at Liggins in self-defense.  But Tricia Liggins says there are two sides to every story.

"Hopefully justice will be served, and to the best of my ability, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get my son off, this because it's not right," she said.

Ryan Liggins remained in jail Thursday on $1 million bond.

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