This story is so sad.
As we reported earlier this week, law enforcement officers shot and killed a six-year-old boy — and severely wounded the boy’s father — during an attempted traffic stop earlier this week in Marksville, Louisiana.
Now, in a surprisingly swift move by the Louisiana state police, marshals Derrick Stafford (above, left) and Norris Greenhouse, Jr. (above, right) have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder for Jeremy Mardis‘ death.
They have also been charged with attempted murder, for seriously wounding Chris Few, Mardis’ father.
The arrests come after state police colonel Michael Edmonson revealed a heartbreaking statement about the body camera footage he watched in reviewing the case:
“[It is] the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave it at that.”
The arrests of the two marshals — Stafford, 32, and Greenhouse, Jr., 23 — may have also been facilitated after it turned out the story told by the four marshals on the scene of the incident was debunked as being false.
The marshals allegedly told police Few had been backing his car into deputies at the time of the shooting, when in reality, Few’s car was perpendicular to deputies’ cars, and thus, didn’t pose the same threat as originally believed.
Police also did not recover any weapon in Few’s car.
As far as future arrests — there were at least two other marshals on the scene — Col. Edmonson left the possibility open:
“We’ll see where it takes us.”
Whatever the case with the legal proceedings from here on, at least law enforcement is examining some type of serious consequences after the awful death of a young, innocent child.
Our thoughts are with Jeremy’s friends, family, and loved ones.
[Image via Louisiana State Police.]