Two Marksville, Louisiana police officers were arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder after a 6-year-old was shot and killed.
According to WWLTV, Officers Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse were pursuing a vehicle driven by Marksville resident Chris Few when they begin opening fire on him.
Few’s son, 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, was shot five times and killed. Stafford and Greenhouse were two of four city marshals pursuing Few, who was injured in the shooting but survived.
During a news conference on November 6, Col. Mike Edmonson spoke of the body cam footage taken by the officers during the fatal shooting.
“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,” Edmonson said, adding that Mardis “didn't deserve to die like that.”
Edmonson declined to offer any details of the case, saying he wanted to shift the focus from the investigation to the young victim.
“Let's make tonight about Jeremy Mardis,” he said. “That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle, and that is how he died."
What led to officers pursuing Few’s vehicle remains unclear, and Edmonson maintained that there would be no more press conferences until new information was found.
“Nothing is more important than this badge that we wear on our uniform, the integrity of why we wear it,” he said. “Because the public allows us to wear that. It's not a right, it's a privilege."