The boy died of multiple gunshots to the head and chest. His father, Few, is being kept heavily sedated has he has bullet fragments in his brain and lungs.
After examining all of the evidence, the Louisiana State Police have charged two Marksville, LA city marshals with second-degree murder for killing a six-year-old autistic boy, Jeremy Mardis.
The two marshals, reserve officer Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Lt. Derrick Stafford, 32, were involved in a car chase with Jeremy’s father, Christopher Few, while Jeremy was in the back seat. Few was wounded and is in critical condition.
According to the report by Marksville Police Department, the short pursuit took place on Tuesday night. Few was trying to evade the officers’ attempt to serve a warrant. However, he accidently turned on to a dead-end street.
“The initial statement to my investigators was that the vehicle was backing up, they feared for their lives and they started firing,” said Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson.
Jeremy was diagnosed with autism at a young age but has been described by family members as a ‘delightful child who loved everybody’. The boy died of multiple gunshots to the head and chest. His father, Few, is being kept heavily sedated has he has bullet fragments in his brain and lungs.
“There were a lot of shots fired that night and they were coming in one direction. There’s nothing for us that indicates that any fire came from that SUV,” continued Edmonson. “There was no weapon found in that SUV.”
The officers will also be charged with the attempted second-degree murder of the father.
The incident- including the chase, the shooting, and the aftermath- was recorded by a body camera worn by one of the officers.
“It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I’ll leave it at that,” said Edmonson.
In addition to the video evidence, investigators used witness interviews and forensic evidence to build a case against the two officers. Marksville is a small town with about 5,700 people.
Greenhouse and Stafford were arrested on Friday. Two other officers involved in the chase but not the shootout have been placed on administrative leave.
Louisiana state officials are asking the officers to provide more information about what happened that night.
“I think the longer it takes for these officers to come forward and give us information, it’s more concerning,” said Edmonson. “Come forward and tell us what happened.”