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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Feud over woman may have led to fatal police shooting of autistic Louisiana boy: cops
Jeremy Mardis was killed in a police shooting that might have stemmed from a feud between a marshal and the boy's father.
The horrific police shootingof a autistic boy in Louisiana might have stemmed from a feud over a woman — and police are now investigating if bad blood brought on the boy’s bloody demise.
One of the accused killer cops, Norris Greenhouse Jr., was a high school classmate of Chris Few, who was shot several times last week. Greenhouse and a fellow deputy city marshal, Derrick Stafford, also allegedly gunned down Few’s 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis.
Few’s fiance Megan Dixon toldThe AdvocateGreenhouse had a recent run-in with Few. The marshal had been messaging Dixon on Facebook, and stopped by the house she shared with Few.
“I told Chris and Chris confronted him about it and told him, ‘Next time you come to my house I’m going to hurt you,” Dixon told the Advocate.
It’s unclear if any of the three kept in touch before the shooting or what Greenhouse said to Dixon in his messages. Dixon could not be reached for further comment.
Greenhouse and Stafford are accused of driving up to Few and his son at a dead end and firing 18 shots at them.
The marshals said they were trying to serve a warrant on Few, but city officials said there is no evidence of any warrant for the father, nor any evidence that he was armed or attacked the marshals. Body cam footage, which has not been released, shows Few had his hands upin the car, according to Few's lawyer.
Greenhouse and Stafford are each charged with murder and attempted murder, and are being held on $1 million bail.
Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford have been charged with the shooting of Chris Few and his son.
Mardis was buried Monday in Hattiesburg, Miss., where his mother Katie Mardis lives. His ceremony drew devastated mourners from Lafargue Elementary School, a Louisiana school the boy attended for less than a year before his death. Mourners remembered him for his love of the outdoors and his easy camaraderie with classmates. But the boy still had troubles at school, often needing to go to a nurse’s officer to calm down after outbursts.
“He had the most beautiful eyes and sweetest smile,” school nurse Tammy LaCombe told The Town Talk.
“I saw him at his best and at his worst...All I know is that he's in a good place. He had a heart of gold. He's in heaven where he belongs and he can talk away.”