Officials are investigating the death of a 6-year-old autistic boy, shot by two Louisiana law enforcement officers, to determine if one of the killers had a grudge against the boy's father.
The two city marshals from Marksville, Louisiana, remain in jail, each on $1 million bail, while recently released body camera footage reportedly shows the boy's father, Chris Few, raising his hands in the air while Deputy Ward Marshals Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse shoot at least 18 bullets at his car on Nov. 3, The Advocate reports.
Jeremy Mardis died in the passenger's seat of his father's car after the officers reportedly shot him five times in the head and chest. Few remains hospitalized in fair condition and, according to his attorney, has not yet been told that the officers killed his son, reports The Advocate.
“This was not a threatening situation for the police," Few's attorney, Mark Jeansonne said.
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson has suggested that Stafford and Greenhouse may have lied about serving a nonexistent warrant on Few when they began pursuing him the night of the incident. Edmonson called the body camera footage "the most disturbing thing" he had ever seen.
Few's fiancee, Megan Dixon, said Greenhouse, her former classmate, had been sending her unwanted Facebook messages and visiting her home, reports The Advocate.
“I told Chris and Chris confronted him about it and told him, ‘Next time you come to my house I’m going to hurt you,’” Dixon said.
The officers turned themselves in, CBS News reports.
"This is a small community, everybody knows everybody and it's a tragic situation," Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson told CBS News. "Everybody is paying the price."
In an official statement, attorney general James D. “Buddy” Caldwell promised a thorough and fair investigation, reports The Advocate. “I can simply assure you that at the end of the process, justice will be served.”
Stafford has reportedly had a tumultuous relationship with residents, many of whom have accused him of fabricating arrest details and records and unnecessarily using a stun gun in the past.
“We have citizens that deserve to be served and protected by the badge," said Marksville Mayor John Lemoine. "Currently, that’s not always happening."