Two police officers in Louisiana are facing murder charges after a 6-year-old autistic boy was shot to death in the front seat of his father’s vehicle, authorities said.
The shooting happened on a dead-end street at the end of a Tuesday night chase in Marksville, a town of about 5,500 about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, authorities said.
Jeremy Mardis, a six-year-old first-grader, was shot by police trying to kill his father.
Derrick Stafford, 32 (L), and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23 (R)
Fox News reported:
Col. Mike Edmonson said officers Norris J. Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville, and Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting death of the boy and the wounding of his father, Chris Few, in Marksville.
Investigators are combing through evidence and Edmonson vowed to continue the probe wherever it may lead.
“That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle and that is how he died,” Edmonson said. “He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
Body camera footage along with forensic evidence, 911 calls and interviews are all being reviewed. Edmonson expressed his disgust over what he saw on the footage.
“It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave it at that.”
WAFB reported that at least one officer had a working body camera.
Both Greenhouse and Stafford were working secondary jobs in Marksville as marshals when the shooting happened, Edmonson said. State police have been investigating the shooting that has raised questions almost from the start.
Two other officers were also involved in the shooting, but no other arrests have been made.
It’s still unclear what led police to pursue Few and what triggered the shooting. The parish coroner said earlier this week that the officers were serving a warrant on Few when he fled, but Edmonson later said he had no information about a warrant.
Few’s 57-year-old stepfather, Morris German, has accused the marshals of indiscriminately opening fire on the vehicle. German said Few was heavily sedated, unable to talk and has bullet fragments lodged in his brain and lung. He described Few as a loving father and added the man’s son “was his whole life.”
German added that the 6-year-old had been diagnosed with autism, describing him as a delightful child who “loved everything, everybody.” German said the boy had no siblings and the family had recently moved to Marksville from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
“I know a 6-year-old should not have been shot,” German said.