Sources: Father of 6-year-old killed in officer-involved shooting released from hospital

Vigil held for 6-year-old killed in Marksville
Jeremy Mardis (Source: Family member)
Jeremy Mardis (Source: Family member)
Derrick Stafford, Norris Greenhouse (Source: LSP)
Derrick Stafford, Norris Greenhouse (Source: LSP)

MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Sources say the father of the 6-year-old who was killed on November 3, 2015 in an officer-involved shooting has been released from the hospital. Chris Few was critically injured and his 6-year-old son Jeremy Mardis was killed after officers opened fire at the tail-end of a car chase.

Sources say Few was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Marksville Police officers and Ward 2 City Marshal Deputies 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. are the accused shooters. The officers were moonlighting for the Ward 2 City Marshal's Office at the time of the shooting.

According to Chris Few's attorney Mark Jeansonne, body camera video shows Few had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire last week. Jeremy Mardis was shot five times as he was buckled in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

"We took some of the body cam footage. I'm not gonna talk about it, but I'm gonna tell you this. It is the most disturbing thing I've seen and I will leave it at that," said Col. Mike Edmonson at a news conference.

It's still unclear what led to the initial car chase between four city marshal deputies, including Stafford and Greenhouse, and Chris Few. Edmonson says "We believe (Few and the officers) met each other, knew each other. Certainly as this progresses, we'll find out more and more information. But I think in a town like this, everyone knows each other."

CBS News is quoting sources as saying investigators are exploring whether one of the arrested deputies had a "personal grudge" against Christoper Few.

Stafford and Greenhouse both face charges of second degree murder, for the death of Mardis; and attempted second degree murder in the shooting of Chris Few. The Louisiana Attorney General's office will handle the prosecution of the two officers in the Marksville shooting, according to the spokesman for the AG's office.

If they post bond, both Norris and Stafford are also ordered to house arrest with electronic monitoring, to surrender all service firearms, and to surrender all badges and/or police officer certifications. Both officers were moved to the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Because they are officers, it is standard procedure that they be put in isolation while they are in custody.

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