Two police officers in Louisiana are facing murder charges after a 6-year-old boy was shot to death in the front seat of his father’s vehicle.
the shooting happened on a dead-end street at the end of the Tuesday night chase in Marksville, a town of about 5500 about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.
It’s unclear why officers pursued or why shots were fired, since investigators say there was no outstanding warrants against the father, Chris Few, and that no firearm was found in his vehicle.
Jeremy Mardis, a first grader, was hit by five bullets in the head and chest as the officers pursued his father’s car, according to CNN affiliate WAFB. His father was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition.
“We took some of the body cam footage. I’m not gonna you talk about it, butt I’m gonna tell you this – it is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen and I will leave it at that,” said police Col. Michael Edmondson at a news conference late Friday. “That little boy was buckled into the front seat of that vehicle and that is how he died.”
Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, and Derrick Stafford, 32, were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. There were placed on administrative leave, and were two other marshals involved in the chase who have not been charged.