Officers arrested in shooting death of 6-year-old boy in Louisiana

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By Faith Karimi and Ralph Ellis


(CNN) — 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, authorities said.

The shooting happened on a dead-end street at the end of a Tuesday night chase in Marksville, a town of about 5,500 about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, authorities said.

It’s unclear why officers pursued or why shots were fired, since investigators say there were 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 talk about it, but I’m gonna tell you this — it is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen and I will leave it at that,” State Police Col. Michael Edmonson said at a press conference late Friday. “That little boy was buckled into the front seat of that vehicle and that is how he died.”

Norris Greenhouse Jr., 32, and Derrick Stafford, 23, were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. They were placed on administrative leave, as were two other marshals involved in the chase who have not been charged.

Greenhouse and Stafford were working second jobs as city marshals when the shooting happened. Greenhouse is a full-time Marksville police lieutenant and Stafford is a marshal in Alexandria, Edmonson said.

CNN affiliate WAFB reported that Dr. L.J. Mayeux, coroner of Avoyelles Parish, said the chase ended at a dead end street and that Few backed into the marshal’s vehicle several times and would not get out.

Officials initially said there was an exchange of gunfire but later said no firearm was found in Few’s vehicle.

Mayeux also said Chris Few had outstanding warrants, WAFB reported, but Edmonson said he found no warrants against Few with police or court offices.

“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Few’s girlfriend, Megan Dixon, told WAFB. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t just stop.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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  • Jordan Parker

    Say it isn’t so. Black cops arrested. Look out, all of the prominent leaders from the ghetto will be on this one soon. I can see it now. They will be staging protests in their defense, stating that these 2 gentlemen are pillars of the community, and innocent victims of the system who have been wrongfully accused of a crime they didn’t commit.

    I guess this story doesn’t fit the “evil whites” narrative the media is trying to portray. Obama’s plan for a divided America is certainly playing out.

    Obama and his liberal cronies hate the Constitution and free market capitalism. He destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $10/month renters insurance… both private enterprise!) Blacks are blaming whites for everything.

    If the cops were white and the father and son black, all the news outlets would be reporting how white cops killed a six year old white boy. The two cops were black and the father and son were white, no mention of this

    • Robert Jones

      Finally a conservative point of view! You know the “Black Lies Matters” group will say the cops are bein arrested because they’re black. Where’s Obama commenting on this one, like all the other supposed police brutality incidents? I can’t say it’s police brutality til I know the facts, but usually cops are arrested to stop the public outcry, so I’ll wait til I know the facts, unlike the liberals, who usually jump before they know the facts. Once again the public doesn’t Obama the cops and someone gets killed. But of course it’s the cops fault. People need to do what the police tell em. Like, “PULL OVER”. No respect for authority!!

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