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Louisiana Cops Shot At Car, 6-Year-Old Boy Died (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Derrick Stafford Norris Greenhouse Jr.Derrick Stafford Norris Greenhouse Jr.

A police body camera video (below) showing two deputy city marshals shooting at a car, resulting in the death of an autistic 6-year-old boy in Marksville, Louisiana, on Nov. 3, 2015, was released on Sept. 29.

The video was kept under wraps until a judge ruled that the media could make copies of the recording, which is being used as criminal evidence against the two deputies, Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr., notes The Associated Press.

The video, from Marksville Police Sgt. Kenneth Parnell III's body camera, shows the two deputies firing at the car as Christopher Few waves his hand; Few's son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed in the gunfire.

There is no audio in the first part of the shooting, which takes place some distance from Few's car.

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After the shooting, one of the officers demanded that Few raise his hands even though he was badly wounded and slumped over.

Stafford's and Greenhouse's lawyers insisted in court the deputies acted in self-defense because Few had driven recklessly in a 2-mile chase, and hit Greenhouse's squad car as Greenhouse got out of it.

State District Court Judge William Bennett said: "That car was not being used as a deadly weapon at that time. I daresay it was not even close to being used as a deadly weapon at that time."

The full video shows that seven minutes after the shooting, Parnell checked Jeremy's pulse and believed he felt a faint sign of life.

Parnell put on some gloves, re-checked Jeremy and said, "Oh, my God."

A paramedic came to scene several minutes later and declared the child dead.

George Higgins, one of Greenhouse's lawyers, said there was no evidence that Greenhouse's bullets hit Few or Jeremy.

State Police Detective Rodney Owens said investigators traced 14 shell casings to Stafford's gun, and four shell casings to Greenhouse's gun.

Of the four bullet fragments from Jeremy's body, three reportedly matched Stafford's gun, while the fourth fragment could not be positively matched to either deputies' gun.

Owens said there was no physical evidence that Few's car hit Greenhouse's squad car, but could not guarantee that it didn't happen.

Stafford and Greenhouse are charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, and will have separate trials, which opens the possibility up of one deputy testifying against the other.

Civilians are often charged with murder even if they don't actually commit the crime, but are in the company of the actual murderer.

The Guardian noted in 2015 that Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson originally told the media that there had been "an exchange of gunfire," but later said the deputies were the only ones firing the shots, and that there was no gun in Few's car.

Few’s fiancee, Megan Dixon, recalled that she and Few had an argument earlier that night at a pool hall, and Few went to pick up his son. Some time later, Dixon pulled up next to Few at a red light where Few tried to get Dixon to come home with him, but Dixon said she refused.

Dixon said that when their cars pulled away from the stop light, there were two deputies coming up from behind with lights flashing. 

Few pointed at his son and motioned that he did not know what to do because, according to Dixon, one of the deputies had a prior personal conflict with Few.

Stafford was indicted on two rape charges in October 2011, one from 2011 and a second from 2004, KATC reported in May 2015.

In May 2012, the rape charges were dismissed, but Stafford was ordered to keep away from both of the alleged victims, one of whom was 15 years old.

KATC also noted there were numerous lawsuits pending against both Stafford and Greenhouse.

WARNING: Disturbing and graphic video.

Sources: AP via Times UnionKATC, The Guardian / Photo credit: Louisiana State Police via KATC

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