Officers identified in Marksville, LA shooting that killed 6-year-old

Officers identified in Marksville, LA shooting that killed 6-year-old
Jeremy Mardis (Source: Family)
Chris Few (Source: Facebook)
Chris Few (Source: Facebook)
Marksville, LA scene of the shooting (Source: WAFB)
Marksville, LA scene of the shooting (Source: WAFB)

MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The Marksville Police Department officers involved in the shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy and left a man in critical condition have been identified. The shooting happened on Tuesday, November 3 around 9:30 p.m. All four were moonlighting for the Ward 2 City Marshal's Office at the time of the shooting.

According to CBS News, the officers involved are Lt. Derrick Stafford, who has been with Marksville Police for eight years; Lt. Jason Brouillette, who has been on the force for 13 years; Sgt. Kenneth Purnell, who has been with the department for five years; and Norris Greenhouse Jr., who is a reserve officer and has been with the department for one year.

Stafford, Brouillette and Purnell are all on administrative leave.

Jeremy Mardis, 6, was accidentally shot and killed at the tail-end of a police pursuit on Martin Luther King Drive in Marksville, LA. Officials say the child was shot five times. His father, Chris Few, was also shot and taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Dr. L.J. Mayeux, coroner of Avoyelles Parish, said Few had warrants out for his arrest. Ward 2 City Marshal deputies reportedly spotted Few's vehicle on Washington Street and initiated a stop. Instead of pulling over, officials say Few led deputies on a chase through Marksville, finally turning down Martin Luther King Drive, which is a dead end street.

WAFB checked with the Clerk of Court, the District Attorney's Office, Marksville Police Department and City Court and we did not find any outstanding warrants for Few. Col. Mike Edmonson said so far, their investigation shows the same.

Mayeux added Few backed into the marshal's vehicle several times and would not get out and that is when the gunfire erupted. Officials initially stated there was an "exchange of gunfire" during the incident. During a news conference on Thursday, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said no gun was found in Few's vehicle.

Louisiana State Police said that there were at least 18 shots between two guns.

Col. Edmonson said there is also no evidence, at this time, that Few backed into the deputy's vehicle. The Marshal's office has two vehicles. The one involved in Tuesday's shooting had a dent left in the vehicle.

Investigators are reviewing at least one piece of video from a police body camera one of the officers was wearing that shows part of the gunfire .

The officers are being interviewed by investigators with the Louisiana State Police. The interview process began Friday with two of the four officers involved.

A news release from the Ward 2 City Marshal Floyd Voniche said the three of the Deputy Ward Marshals were P.O.S.T. certified and that they "were empowered to write traffic tickets, make arrests and preserve the peace."

However, a former city marshal said that did not used to be the case. He said that when he worked there all they ever did was deliver court orders such as warrants, subpoenas, garnishments and such to people, but never patrol.

That is why the Marksville mayor recently raised a red flag asking for the attorney general's opinion on whether city marshals have the authority to patrol in the city.

Louisiana State Police currently is heading the investigation. There is no word if Few is facing any charges at this time.

Jeremy Mardis was a first grader at Lafarue Elementary School in Effie.

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