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Fatal Shooting : Two officers arrested over shooting dead of six-year-old Louisiana boy.

Two officers arrested over shooting dead of six-year-old Louisiana boy.

Jeremy Mardis was shot dead and his father was wounded when marshals opened
fire on their car in Marksville, Louisiana. 

Photograph: Chris Few/Facebook

Two of the four police marshals involved in the shooting dead of a
six-year-old autistic boy in Louisiana
have been arrested, the head of the state police has said.

Colonel Mike Edmonson gave few details of the arrests at a late-night press
conference on Friday.

But speaking about the body camera footage that was recovered from the 
officers, he said: “It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave
it at that.”

Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was shot and killed and his father, Chris Few, was 
wounded when officers opened fire on their vehicle on Tuesday night in the
central Louisiana town of Marksville.

Edmonson said that the two officers, Norris Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, 
were being booked on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree
murder in the shooting.

Both were working secondary jobs in Marksville as marshals when the shooting 
happened, Edmonson said.
State police have been investigating the shooting that raised questions 
almost from the start. Edmonson said earlier that no weapon was found
in the vehicle.

State police are combing through forensic evidence, 911 calls, conducting 
interviews and reviewing the body camera footage, Edmonson said, as the
investigation continued.

Two other officers were involved in the incident. When Edmonson was asked 
whether he anticipated any more arrests, he said: “We’ll see where it takes us.” 
It was 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 in hospital, unable to talk and had 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 six-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 six-year-old should not have been shot,” German said.
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