Two Lousiana police officers face murder charges after they were arrested for the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy. Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford gunned down Jeremy Mardis as he sat in the front seat of his father’s car, this after they chased down the vehicle to a dead-end street last week.
Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson said.
The boy, Jeremy Davis Mardis, was killed and his father, Chris Few, was wounded after shots were fired into their vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Marksville, after what officials described as a pursuit.
“Nothing is more important than this badge that we wear on our uniform, the integrity of why we wear it,” Edmonson said. “Because the public, the public allows us to wear that. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege. And tonight that badge has been tarnished.”
Edmonson said body camera footage helped lead to the arrests.
Col. Edmonson continued speaking to the media, stating the footage of the shooting was “extremely disturbing” although he stopped short of explaining why Stafford and Greenhouse unloaded their weapons into Few’s car.
Stafford works as a lieutenant with the Marksville Police Department and Greenhouse works as a marshal for the city of Alexandria. The officers were working part-time as Marksville marshals during the night of the chase and shooting.
Watch the NBC News video report of the incident in the clip below.
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