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Video: 2 Louisiana Officers Charged with Murder in Killing of 6-Year-Old Boy at End of Pursuit

November 09, 2015  | 

VIDEO: 2 Louisiana Officers Charged with Murder in Killing of 6-Year-Old Boy at End of Pursuit

Louisiana State Police have arrested two police officers who are accused of shooting and killing a 6-year-old boy and wounding his father in Marksville, Louisiana, last week.

Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, 32, were arrested Friday night. Both were booked on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. 

"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," said Col. Mike Edmonson at a news conference State Police held Friday night. 

Investigators say four city marshals were pursuing a vehicle driven by Chris Few in Marksville Tuesday night. It is still not clear what led to the pursuit.

The Avoyelles Parish coroner said Wednesday that he was told Few went down a dead-end road and then put his vehicle in reverse when some of the pursuing officers opened fire, shooting him and his young son who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Few, who was not armed, was wounded but survived. His son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed after being hit by five bullets in the head and chest, WAFB TV reports.

The officers were working part-time as marshals for Ward 2. All four also work as Marksville police officers. Greenhouse also works full-time as an Alexandria City marshal. 

Comments (7)

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Fed Cop 1 @ 11/9/2015 3:33 PM

WT* were they thinking? You Identify the threat, you identify the target. A 6-year old? Geez!

Leonard Mather @ 11/9/2015 6:00 PM

Tragic and most disheartening for all LEOs at this crucial time in law enforcement. Thank Heaven for body cameras. May St. Michael and God's Wisdom give us strength to present the facts and go forth to bring closure and satisfaction to all parties. If ever an aphorism can bring people together it is in "The Truth Shall Set you Free."

YUP @ 11/9/2015 8:14 PM

So...without knowing details, @Fed're going to assume that they could identify that there was a six year old in the car reversing towards them after pursuing the vehicle? First off, why did the guy run...secondly, why did he run WITH HIS CHILD IN THE CAR, why is he not held on murder charges, where are his criminal charges for the pursuit....It is not easy to see someone in a vehicle when you are behind it the entire time, especially if they do not tower over the seat...If its a bad OIS, then it will be ruled so....which it looks that way...But, we will see....

TXLawman @ 11/10/2015 5:37 AM

What do they mean he did not have a weapon? He had a 6000 pound weapon headed at the officers at a high rate of speed, from what I was told. That is a deadly force confrontation! I don't know all the facts, but from what I've been told, no one knew the child was in the back seat. It is a tragic loss of the child and I pray for the child's family as well as the involved officers. Unless there is more to the story, when a vehicle is heading towards an officer, you shoot until the threat stops. I would like to see the video. That would clear up a lot of speculation. The father should be charged with endangering a child and voluntary manslaughter, since he decided to run from the police and become a felon and then try to run over the prsuing officers. Stay safe blue!

LEO (RET) @ 11/10/2015 6:50 AM

I think the little boy was seated in the front passenger seat. He was also autistic. I think the officers fired a total of 18 rounds. But, not all facts are out right now. So sad for everyone involved.

JimB. @ 11/11/2015 8:58 AM

So with the limited amount of real information that has been released, this is the thought that strikes me. Charging two police officers with murder within 72 hours of the incident seems to point to one of two things: either the evidence is so strong against them that it is an open and shut case or there is a rush to judgement in an effort to look good to the media and public. I have no idea which is the case here. I doubt anyone commenting here has any idea which is the case.
I know a lot of us when we see a bad guy accused of a crime are quick to say it's obvious he's guilty and call for harsh penalties. But when a cop's involved, we're quick to say wait for all the facts.
If the officers involved in this case truly did wrong, criminal wrong, then they deserve a vigorous prosecution. If they were lawful and things just went sideways, as sometimes happens, I hope that comes out. And I hope they aren't getting railroaded either.

henry van cleaf @ 11/12/2015 1:06 PM

the officers earlier claimed there was a warrant out for the father. this has (according to news reports) turned out to be untrue. as in the Kathryn Johnson (murder) case, and also jose guerena case, the officers tried to do something illegal by lying in their statements, or to get a warrant. this has got to stop-entire police agencies lose the trust of the community because of a few officers who a quite a bit less than honest.

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