Officers charged over shooting death of six-year-old autistic boy

Jeremy Mardis

Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was shot five times in the head and chest PHOTO: Facebook

Two police officers have been arrested and charged over the shocking shooting death of an autistic six-year-old boy in the U.S. state of Louisiana earlier this week.

Jeremy Mardis was shot and killed and his unarmed father, Chris Few, was critically wounded when U.S marshalls opened fire on their vehicle during a pursuit in the central town of Marksville on Tuesday night.


Chris Few

Jeremy Mardis was shot and killed and his father, Chris Few critically wounded PHOTOS: Facebook

According to local media, Jeremy was struck in the head and chest by five bullets.

His father remains in hospital, sedated and unable to speak, with bullet fragments lodged in his brain and lung.

Two of the four officers involved in the shooting, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford have since both been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

US Marshalls

U.S. marshalls Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford PHOTOS: Louisiana Police Department

Speaking to reporters at a late night press conference in Louisiana, Colonel Michael Edmonson says footage of the incident recovered from the officers’ body cameras was the “most disturbing” he’d ever seen.

“We took some of the body cam footage, I’m not going to talk about it, but I’m going to tell you this – it is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen and I will leave it at that.”

Stafford, a 32-year-old full-time lieutenant with the Marksville Police Department, and Greenhouse Jr., a full-time Alexandra City Marshall, were working secondary jobs as marshalls at the time of the shooting.

It’s alleged the pair opened fire once Few started reversing towards them when the pursuit reached a dead-end.

It remains unclear what sparked the pursuit.