MARKSVILLE, LA – Two police officers have been arrested in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy with autism this week in Louisiana, authorities said.
Jeremy Mardis was hit by five bullets in the head and chest as the officers pursued his father’s car Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate WAFB.
It’s unclear why officers pursued or why shots were fired, since investigators say there were no outstanding warrants against the father, Chris Few, and that no firearm was found in his vehicle.
His father, Chris Few, is hospitalized.
“Jeremy Mardis, 6 years old; he didn’t deserve to die like that,” Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson said.
Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder following the shooting in Marksville.
Authorities are looking through 911 calls, forensics evidence, witness statements and body camera footage.
“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 Friday night.
Few was not armed, the affiliate reported. It’s unclear what led to the pursuit.
Marksville is about 90 miles from Baton Rouge, the state capital.