Two police officers in Louisiana were arrested and charged with murder after a six-year-old autistic child was shot and killed during a car chase. The boy’s father, Christopher Few, who was driving away from police at the time, was also shot in the head.
Few was critically injured, and is being treated at a hospital, while his son Jeremy Mardis died from bullet wounds to the head and chest.
According to reports, Few had been arguing with his girlfriend outside of a local bar when police arrived to break up the fight. Few fled in his vehicle.
Two of the officers claim that as he left, Few tried to back up into the squad car which prompted a vehicle chase.
It is not clear why police felt it was necessary to open fire on the car, but the incident was captured on disturbing footage by body cams.
“We’ve got to find out what caused those officers to effect that pursuit, to effect that traffic stop, and what caused them to fire their weapons,” the state police superintendent,Col. Michael Edmonson, told NBC News.
Footage shows that Few was not acting with violence towards the cops, and it was found that he had no weapons in the car. He was also not wanted by any warrants.
The officers involved now face second-degree murder charges and attempted second-degree murder for the tragic incident. Both officers, identified as Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, have been accused of using excessive force back in 2014.