Two Louisiana police officers have been charged with murder after a six-year-old autistic boy was shot dead in his father’s car. It happened during a chase in the town of Marksville on Tuesday night.
Jeremy Mardis was apparently hit by five bullets in the head and chest and his father, Chris Few, was wounded in the incident. He is still being treated in hospital. Louisiana Police say officers Derek Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr face charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Today, Louisiana State Police arrested the two police officers who are accused of shooting and killing Jeremy and wounding his father Chris Few.
State police chief Colonel Mike Edmonson said: “Jeremy Mardis, six years old; he didn’t deserve to die like that.He went on: “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.”Officials have said police were chasing Mr Few to serve him a warrant but it is not clear why they opened fire. According to reports, he was not armed. Police say Jeremy, who was strapped into the front seat of his father’s car, was pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement to WAFB-TV, his grandmother Samantha Few said he was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
She described Jeremy as “a special gift from God”, adding: “He was always smiling, always happy. He loved everyone he met and they loved him.”He didn’t deserve what happened. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”