Mum demands answers after her 11-year-old son was allegedly shot dead by a police officer at home
A Mississippi mother is seeking justice after saying her 11-year-old son was allegedly shot and wounded by a police officer who responded to their home.
Nakala Murry said she was asleep when, around 4am on Saturday, she heard a knock on her window and saw her daughter’s father standing there.
“I noticed he was a little angry. And having dealt with him in the past, I know his angry version, what that could lead to,” she told ‘GMA3’ on ABC News Thursday.
Murry said she gave her phone to her 11-year-old son, Aderrien, and told him to call his grandmother.
“He called the police first, then he called my mother,” she said. “My mother also called the police.”
Two officers responded to the home in Indianola, about 100 miles northwest of Jackson, and Murry said police yelled at him to open the front door.
“My child’s father was always there – he was like, ‘Don’t open the door.’ I told him that I was going to open the door,” she recalls.
“He ran backwards,” Murry said, and the police “started kicking the door with their foot, like they were trying to kick it down.”
“I opened the door. When I opened it, (an officer’s) gun was raised. He was telling me to get out,” she said. “I got out, I got out of the way. I got out towards the end of my driveway where my mum was. And I heard a gunshot and saw my son running towards where we were. “
“He fell, he was bleeding,” she said. “I put pressure on it to stop, to help stop the bleeding.”
As she lay on the ground, Murry said her son said to her, “I don’t want to die.”
Murry said Aderrien, who was shot in the chest, has since been released from hospital.
“He’s in pain, but overall he’s fine,” Murry said.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating, said officers responded to a marital disturbance and a minor was seriously injured in an “officer-involved shooting”.
The results of the investigation will be shared with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the agency said.
Murry’s attorney, Carlos Moore, told ABC News’ “World News Tonight” that police were told three times there were no guns in the home: Aderrien to a 911 dispatcher; by Aderrien’s grandmother to a 911 dispatcher; and by Murry to the police who answered his front door.
The Indianola officer who allegedly shot Aderrien has been suspended, Indianola Mayor Ken Featherstone told ABC News on Wednesday.
Moore said the officer should be fired and prosecuted for aggravated assault. Moore also called for the Indianola police chief to be fired and said the body camera footage should be released.
Aderrien “looks like a child – he’s very small and (his) stature is very thin. There’s no way he could have been mistaken for a man,” Moore told ‘GMA3’.
“We demand justice,” Moore said. “We want an immediate dismissal. We want a prosecution and we want the family to get answers.”
Indianola police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
ABC News’ Alyssa Acquavella and Felicia Biberica contributed to this report.