An incident in Mississippi unfolded tragically when a police officer shot and injured an unarmed 11-year-old boy while responding to a domestic disturbance at the boy’s family residence.
Aderrien Murry was struck in the chest by a police officer from the Indianola Police Department in the early hours of Saturday. He is currently in intensive care with a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, and other injuries, as reported by Mississippi Today.
Expressing her outrage, Nakala Murry, the boy’s mother, stated during a press conference, “This cannot keep happening, this is not okay. If a non-police officer was to shoot someone, you know it’s not okay. When the police do it, they have a protocol. He was trained, he knows what to do.”
Shockingly, the officer involved in the shooting was reportedly hailed as the department’s “best officer,” according to the family’s attorney, Carlos Moore, who identified him as Greg Capers. However, the police have not yet released the officer’s name.
Addressing the incident, Moore exclaimed, “If he’s your best, Indianola, you need a clean house from top to bottom.”
Nakala Murry revealed that she discreetly passed her phone to Aderrien and asked him to contact her mother and the police after an altercation with the father of her other child, which had escalated. However, the exact details leading up to the shooting have not been disclosed by the police.
Nakala Murry also shared that her son was bewildered by the officer’s actions, asking, “Why did he shoot me? What did I do?” while in tears. She witnessed blood coming from his mouth. The officer involved Capers, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into the shooting.
The family’s attorney demanded an explanation from city officials regarding why the officer had not faced disciplinary action for prior allegations of misconduct, including an incident in December 2022 where he allegedly used a Taser on one of Moore’s former clients while the individual was already handcuffed.
Moore emphasized, “What are you waiting on? Is someone to actually die? An 11-year-old almost died. By the grace of God, he is alive. The people of Indianola are not going to wait until somebody dies.”