Marksville Police Department

Video Shows City Marshals In Louisiana Shot, Killed 6-Year-Old

Two deputies in Marksville, Louisiana, opened fire on an SUV and killed Jeremy Mardis, 6.

By Lindsey Pulse | September 29, 2016

Video showing Louisiana deputy marshals shooting and killing a 6-year-old boy has been released.

"It is the most disturbing thing I've seen, and I will leave it at that," Col. Michael Edmonson said at a press conference.

The body camera footage was recorded last year when two deputies — Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. — opened fire on a car and killed Jeremy Mardis. A Louisiana judge released the footage on Wednesday.

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In September 2015, police pursued an SUV driven by Jeremy's father, Christopher Few. The Washington Post reports Few had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend at a bar earlier in the evening. Someone called the police.

Few took off and the deputies followed him. The men reportedly fired at least 18 rounds at the vehicle. Jeremy was shot five times, hitting his head and chest. His father was also critically injured but survived.

Few's hands were reportedly empty and open when the marshals began shooting.

One of the deputies said he "never saw a kid" in the car.

But here's where the story gets complicated. Some are asking why the deputies — who normally only serve arrest warrants and court orders — were there.

Few was reportedly unarmed and didn't have a warrant out for his arrest.

Nothing in the case completely explains what Stafford and Greenhouse were doing there, and to this day, investigators haven't found a concrete reason.

CNN reports the attorneys for the marshals claimed they were acting in self-defense after Few allegedly hit one of their vehicles with his own.

Stafford's court date is reportedly set for November. Greenhouse's is set for March.

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