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Father had hands up as police officers killed son, lawyer says

Published 09/11/2015

Two teenagers have been shot at Independence High School in Arizona
Two teenagers have been shot at Independence High School in Arizona

Body camera video shows the father of a six-year-old boy who was shot dead in a car had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire, a lawyer said.

Mark Jeansonne is the lawyer for Chris Few, who was seriously wounded when local marshals in the town of Marksville, Louisiana, opened fire. His son Jeremy Mardis was killed in the back seat of the car.

Mr Jeansonne said: "This was not a threatening situation for the police."

He was speaking after a closed hearing for the two marshals, now jailed on a million dollar bond (£660,000).

Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, are charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

State police declined to comment on the video, citing the ongoing investigation.

Mr Jeansonne said Mr Few's condition is improving but he has not yet been told his son was killed.

Initial reports suggested the marshals were serving a warrant on Mr Few when the shooting happened, but Louisiana's state police chief, Colonel Mike Edmonson, said there was no evidence a warrant was issued, and no gun was found on the scene.

Stafford is a full-time lieutenant with Marksville Police Department, and Greenhouse is a full-time city marshal. Both were working part time as deputy marshals in Marksville's Ward 2 when they allegedly opened fire on Mr Few's car.

Investigators have been reviewing forensic evidence, calls to police and body camera footage. They have not released the footage or the calls, but Mr Edmonson described the body camera footage at a news conference as "the most disturbing thing I've seen". He added that the boy died while still buckled into his seat in the car.

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