Indianola, Mississippi police officer suspended without pay after shooting 11-year-old Aderrien Murry: report
A Mississippi police officer accused of shooting an unarmed 11-year-old child who called law enforcement for help in a domestic disturbance incident has been suspended without pay, according to reports.
The action taken against Sgt. The Indianola Police Department’s Greg Capers is stepping in as an investigation continues into the shooting that took place at the home of Aderrien Murry last weekend, his family attorney Carlos Moore told AFP. Associated Press.
“It can’t go on. It’s not OK. If a non-policeman were to shoot someone, it’s not OK. When they do it, it’s not OK. When the police do it , they have protocol, he’s been trained, he knows what to do – like if you’re scared, you’re in the wrong business,” the child’s mother, Nakala Murry, told reporters earlier this week.
The mother said police responded to the residence in the rural town around 4am on Saturday after the father of one of her other children showed up, knocked on a window and looked ‘angry’ .
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“Justice needs to be served. This stuff can’t go on. My baby almost lost his life. He doesn’t understand. I don’t understand, it was scary, it was traumatic,” she added . “My daughter was also in the house, my 3-year-old nephew is also staying with me. It could have been him running around the corner, he couldn’t have taken that ball.”
Moore told AP that two police officers responded, and one of them kicked the front door before Nakala Murry opened it. She told them the intruder had left the area, but three children were inside, according to Moore.
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Moore said Nakala Murry told him Capers shouted into the house and said anyone inside should come out with their hands up. Moore said Aderrien walked into the living room with nothing in his hands and Capers shot him in the chest.
“His words to me were ‘why did he shoot me? “”, Nakala Murry said his son told him right after he was hit. “He ran towards me, he was bleeding, I held him… he bled from his mouth.”
The child spent five days at a local hospital for treatment for a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and fractured ribs before being discharged on Wednesday, Moore said.
Indianola City Attorney Kimberly Merchant confirmed to Indianola’s The Enterprise-Tocsin newspaper that Capers was the officer who fired the shots, according to the AP.
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“MBI is currently evaluating this critical incident and gathering evidence,” Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Bailey Martin also told the news agency. “Once the investigation is complete, officers will share their findings with the Attorney General’s office. As this is an open and ongoing investigation, no further comment will be made.”
The Indianola Police Department did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.