Nearly a week after two officers allegedly killed a 6-year-old boy while pursuing his father’s car in Louisiana, disturbing questions remain.
Why did officers pursue the father?
Did they know him?
Why was the child shot?
A court hearing scheduled Monday in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis in Marksville could provide some answers on the tragedy.
The first -rader was buckled in the front passenger seat when he was shot last week.
The head of Louisiana’s state police said “disturbing” body camera footage helped build the case against the two officers accused of shooting the boy.
“I’ve been a police officer for 35 years, but as a father — much less as a state police — it was a disturbing, disturbing video that I watched, and that really helped move us forward,” state police Col. Michael Edmonson said Sunday
The boy’s father was also struck. He remains hospitalized in serious condition, authorities said.
Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Derrick Stafford, 32, have been arrested and face charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
“I’ve got to deal in facts. What’s important to me is what caused those police officers to pursue,” Edmonson said. “What caused them to open fire?”
“He (Jeremy) didn’t deserve to die like that. We need to find out why,” the colonel added.
The shooting occurred Tuesday in Marksville, a town of 5,500 people about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.
It’s unclear why officers pursued or why shots were fired. Investigators say there were no outstanding warrants against the father, Chris Few, and no firearm was found in his vehicle.
Roxanne Couvillion was Jeremy’s teacher. She said that the little boy loved class, playing and doing alphabet puzzles.
“We’re just heartbroken,” she said, standing steps from a small memorial made up of balloons and stuffed animals. “He always was an angel, and we know that he’s watching over us.”