MARKSVILLE, La. (KLFY) –Tuesday night’s police-involved shooting that left a 6-year-old dead still has many searching for answers.
Officers Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, were arrested Friday night. Stafford is a lieutenant with the Marksville Police Department. Greenhouse is a full-time city marshal. Both were working part-time as deputy marshals during Tuesday’s shooting.
“A badge was tarnished tonight — two badges.”” LSP Colonel Mike Edmonson said.
Both officers are being charged with one count of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. A court hearing on Mardis’ death is scheduled for Monday.
The two officers fired 18 rounds at Chris Few and Jeremy Mardis, Few’s autistic 6-year-old son. Few was shot twice, but survived. Mardis was fatally shot five times in his head and chest. Edmonson said this is a troubling investigation.
“What is concerning to us is that what we knew that first night is not what we found to be true. We were told they were pursuing a vehicle with a warrant, (but) we never found a warrant,” Edmonson said.
Tuesday night, four officers, working as part-time marshals, followed Few with Mardis sitting in the front seat. There still are no answers as to why the officers pursued the vehicle before opening fire that wounded Few and killed his son.
“Nothing is more important than that little man that died. Jeremy Mardis is 6 years old. He didn’t deserve to die like that,” Edmonson said. “It was important that we work around the clock to get the facts that are involved.”
In a press conference Friday night Colonel Edmonson said police have reviewed footage from one officer’s body camera.
Said Edmonson: “We took some of the body cam footage – let me tell you something – I’m not going to talk about it but I’ll tell you this, it is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen. I’ll leave it at that.”