Louisiana Police Charge 2 Officers in Death of 6-Year-Old Boy

Jeremy Mardis was killed. His father, Chris Few, was left in critical condition.

ByABC News
November 7, 2015, 10:19 AM

— -- Louisiana State Police charged two law enforcement officers in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy and the wounding of his father.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Derrick Stafford, 32, were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting in the city of Marksville on Tuesday, Col. Mike Edmonson said during a news conference late Friday. Jeremy Mardis was killed and his father, Christopher Few, was left in critical condition.

The shooting happened when the two city marshals allegedly opened fire on a vehicle following a pursuit, said Edmonson.

"That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle and that is how he died,” Edmonson said Friday.

Edmonson called body cam footage showing the shooting "the most disturbing thing I've seen." The video will likely not be released until the officers' trials, Louisiana State Police said Saturday.

Police also reviewed 911 calls and eyewitness interviews related to the shooting.

"Nothing is more important than this badge that we are wearing on our uniform," Edmonson said. "This badge has been tarnished by the following two individuals."

Police haven't said what prompted the shooting. Authorities said Few was unarmed, according to ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV.

The officers' first court appearances have not yet been scheduled, said Louisiana State Police.

Morris German, Few's 57-year-old stepfather, alleged the marshals indiscriminately fired at the vehicle while speaking to The Associated Press. He said the six-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism and called him a delightful child who "loved everything, everybody."

Mardis' funeral visitation was scheduled for Sunday and the funeral for Monday.

Whitney Lloyd and The Associated Press contributed to this report.