GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department says he will release video of one of his officers shooting and killing man by the end of next week, despite a request by the prosecutor that he hold it back for now.

“Since this tragic event occurred on Monday morning and in the hours and days that followed, I have been consistent in my commitment to transparency. I have publicly stated my intention to release the video next week and I intend to keep that promise,” Chief Eric Winstrom said in a Friday statement. “I have also committed to protecting the integrity of the investigation in the interests of justice and accountability. I have informed the Michigan State Police and the Kent County prosecutor that I will release the video no later than noon on Friday, April 15.”

GRPD has said Patrick Lyoya tried to run away from an officer, after which there was a “lengthy fight.” Lyoya was shot and killed. Though it has not been made public, investigators did show Lyoya’s father and his interpreter the video of what happened. The interpreter told News 8 Thursday that it shows the officer shoot Lyoya in the back of the head. News 8 has not seen the video and cannot independently confirm what it shows.

Lyoya’s father told News 8 Friday that the video should be released immediately. He said the public should know now what it shows.

“I will like the video to be released so the entire world can see how my son has been killed like an animal. So this will prevent the kind of behavior, the barbaric behavior to happen next time to another family to another parent, to go through what I went through,” he said through an interpreter.

The Lyoya family interpreter confirmed on Friday that Ben Crump was hired as their attorney. Crump has also represented Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, according to his website.

The Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker had asked GRPD and MSP, which is handling the case, not to release the video until the investigation is complete.

“That’s our position we’ve had in this office for years. This is not something new to this specific incident,” Becker told News 8 Friday before the chief said what he was going to do.

Becker said he is concerned about tainting a future jury pool, should he ultimately decide that charges are warranted.

He added that it could taint the investigation because MSP may still be working on getting on some witness statements.

“So if you release a video out there, did (witnesses) see the video on TV?” Becker said. “Are they basing what they said because of what they saw on TV? Or were they there, and did they actually see things?”

While he recognized the public outcry to see the video, he said the chief is on the “same page” as him about how doing so could affect the investigation.

“I think we’re both on the same page in terms of the chief and I,” he said. “They recognize that. But there is obviously a community outcry to release a video as soon as possible.”

He also noted that he doesn’t have any control over what GRPD decides to do.

Kent County Commissioner Robert S. Womack, who has been working with the Lyoya family, said he was glad to hear that Winstrom was keeping his word.

“This is probably one of the best moves the chief has made since he’s become police chief here in Grand Rapids,” Womack said.

Meanwhile, Patrick Lyoya’s father, Peter, also wants to know the name of the officer who killed his son.

“His identity and his picture,” he said through an interpreter. “I would like to police to release it, so we know the guy who has taken my son’s life away.”

Becker said that shouldn’t happen yet, as it doesn’t with most investigations.

“I don’t see why we treat this any differently than any other pending investigation,” Becker said. “If there’s an investigation, we don’t release the name of any suspect. I don’t see why the police would need to.”

Becker said his #1 goal in this case is finding the truth, which is why he is asking for the community’s patience.

“For some reason everyone wants to know in the first 20 minutes,” he said. “I guess that’s just society now. We don’t allow things to take time.”

The chief’s announcement comes just ahead of a protest scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Grand Rapids.

“I would like the demonstration to be in peace,” Peter Lyoya said through an interpreter. “I don’t want anything to be broken.”

Womack said he will attend and bring friends to “help keep the peace.”

“We always have people that come in from out of town that like to start some violence or break things and make our community look bad,” Womack said.

Becker told News 8 the investigation could take anywhere between two weeks and two months, but that’s a “ballpark” estimate.

“Each case is different,” Becker said. “Sometimes it takes more time to get to the truth.”