Two men who'd been working as police marshals in a central Louisiana town were arrested this week on murder charges following an incident in which a 6-year-old autistic boy was shot dead.
Norris J. Greenhouse Jr., 23, Derrick Stafford, 32, were booked Friday on second-degree murder charges in the Tuesday death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.
Louisiana State Police said Mardis was shot mulitple times while the marshals from the town of Marksville were attempting to arrest his father, who was allegedly fleeing as they attempted to serve him a warrant.
The first grader was killed inside his father's SUV. His father, 25-year-old Chris Few, was critically wounded.
Few's stepfather said Few had bullet fragments in his brain and lungs, was unable to talk and in critical condition, reports the Associated Press
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Greenhouse is a full-time marshal in the town of Alexandria while Stafford is an officer with the Marksville PD. Both were working as Marksville city marshals at the time of Mardis's death and were among four marshals who were pursuing Few.
As of Friday, it remained unclear what caused the officers to pursue Few. Nor was it clear why they allegedly opted to open fire on his vehicle.
However, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson called footage from the body cameras worn by Greenhouse and Stafford "the most disturbing thing I've seen, and I will leave it at that."
Few's stepfather, Morris German, 57, said Few and his son were shot when the marshals opened fire indescriminantly. He added that the boy had been diagnosed as autistic.
It remained unclear on Saturday morning if the suspects had legal representation.
Calls made to the Avoyelles Parish District Attorney's Office and the Louisiana Attorney General's office in Alexandria went unanswered Saturday.