2 Louisiana Police Officers Charged With Second-Degree Murder In Killing Of Jeremy Mardis

Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Lt. Derrick Stafford have been charged with 2nd Degree Murder following the deathly shooting of six-year-old boy Jeremy Mardis.

The two officers shot and killed Jeremy while trying to pursue his father, Chris Few, who survived with critical injuries after being shot in his SUV. The reasons for the pursuit are still shady. Authorities initially said that police had tried to serve Few with a warrant and he took off in his car with Mardis in the front passenger seat. The officers pursued, and when Few reached a dead end, he allegedly started to back his car into the officers, which is the “reason” they opened fire.

Col. Michael Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said a forensic report from the crime scene will show how many bullets had been fired during the pursuit. This report should be available by next Thursday.

Needless to say, the egregious use of firearms was unnecessary given the still unclear reasons for the pursuit in the first place.

[NY Times]