Two Louisiana police officers are in jail following the police investigation into the fatal shooting of 6-year-old boy driving in a car with his dad.
They came under a hail of bullets from law enforcement officers, Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville on Tuesday while travelling in their car.
The two officers are being held in Avoyelles Parish jail facing charges of second-degree murder, while other officers investigate the crime. The boys father was severely wounded with bullet fragments lodged in his brain and lungs. No weapons were recovered from the boys car.
The Globe and Mail reports:
The dead child was 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, who was in a car being driven Tuesday by his father, Chris Few.
State police said Stafford is a full-time lieutenant with the Marksville Police Department; Greenhouse is a full-time city marshal. Both were working part-time as deputy marshals in Marksville’s Ward 2 when Tuesday’s shooting broke out, state police said.
Any alleged motive for the shooting has not been made public. State police, who are investigating the shooting, said there so far has been no evidence found that Few had a gun.
There were initial reports Stafford and Greenhouse were among a group of marshals serving a warrant on Few. However, Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, said at a Friday night news conference that there was no evidence that a warrant had been issued. That remained the case Saturday according to a state police, Trooper Scott Moreau.
Edmonson gave few details about the investigation or what led to Friday’s arrest of the two law enforcement officers. He did say the probe included review of body cameras and 911 recordings. He also asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact state police.
“Six years old,” Edmonson said of the child. “He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
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