Jeremy Mardis

Two police officers have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy during a pursuit of his father in a sport utility vehicle in central Louisiana, the state police said Friday.

The officers, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Lt. Derrick Stafford, who were placed on administrative leave after the chase on Tuesday, also face charges of attempted second-degree murder, Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said during a news conference on Friday.

The father, Chris Few, who was driving, was critically injured in the shooting. Mr. Few’s son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed after the police opened fire on the S.U.V.

The coroner said the boy was struck several times in the head and chest. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, but a final report was not expected to be ready for eight weeks.

“He didn’t deserve to die like that and that’s what’s important,” Colonel Edmonson said Friday. “That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle and that was how he died.”

Colonel Edmonson said that over the past 72 hours, investigators had studied footage from body cameras, interviewed witnesses and listened to 911 recordings. He promised a “methodical and detail oriented investigation.”

He declined to say why the police began pursuing Mr. Few’s vehicle, or what caused them to open fire.

Describing the body camera footage, Colonel Edmonson said, “I can tell you as a father it was one of the most disturbing things I have witnessed.”

Derrick Stafford, Norris Greenhouse Jr. … Stafford, a Marksville police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former Marksville police officer, were moonlighting as deputy marshals

Two other police officers were involved in the chase, in addition to Officer Greenhouse and Lieutenant Stafford, the superintendent said, but he declined to say whether either of the other officers was suspected of wrongdoing.

He said investigators would follow the case “wherever this takes us” and that the state police had seized guns from all officers present during the shooting.

All four are officers with the Marksville, La., police who work part time as city marshals.

Colonel Edmonson said a forensic report from the crime scene would show how many guns and bullets had been fired. That report should be available by next Thursday, he said.

The state police said in a statement on Thursday that the officers had opened fire on the S.U.V. at the end of the pursuit, about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in Marksville.

Marksville, a city of about 5,500, is north of Lafayette, near the Mississippi border.

Jeremy was a student with special needs at Lafargue Elementary School in Effie, Blaine Dauzat, the school district superintendent, said in a telephone interview. The child had transferred to the school during the previous term from Mississippi.

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  • SyndicatedTalk

    Not only was the father “not” wanted by any authorities. Not only was there “no” warrant out for his arrest but when the car and the man were examined “there was no weapon of any kind.” The cops kept lying and making up charges that did not exist. In the process, they killed an innocent 6 year old. Why aren’t BLACK LIVES MATTER marching about this?

  • I can’t imagine what this man (the father) did to warrant the chase nor why such aggressive action was taken. Every week there seems to be another car chase with police using their guns before asking questions. This has got to stop or the disrespect “police” are earning as a result, will tarnish our security system which is really needed to protect the innocent from the bad guys.

  • While cops are allowed 3 days to get their stories straight and cleanse their blood of whatever steroids they’re on, they will continue killing civilians.