Mississippi Officer Faces No Charges for Shooting 11-Year-Old Amid Domestic Dispute, Sparks $5 Million Lawsuit

Mississippi Officer Faces No Charges for Shooting 11-Year-Old Amid Domestic Dispute, Sparks $5 Million Lawsuit

Grand Jury Clears Officer in Shooting Incident

Following the shooting of 11-year-old Aderrien Murry by Indianola Police Sgt. Greg Capers during a response to a domestic dispute, a grand jury determined that Capers did not commit criminal conduct.

The incident, which left Murry hospitalized with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and fractured ribs, was investigated by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, leading to the grand jury’s decision.

Legal Action Pursued Through Civil Lawsuit

Despite the grand jury’s ruling, attorney Carlos Moore, representing the Murry family, announced their intent to seek accountability through a federal civil lawsuit amounting to $5 million. Moore expressed concerns about unanswered questions surrounding the shooting and maintained that the use of force against Aderrien Murry was not justified. The family remains committed to pursuing justice in light of the incident.

Officer’s Reaction and Administrative Actions

In response to the grand jury decision, Sgt. Capers’ attorney, Michael Carr, conveyed Capers’ relief and affirmed the correctness of the jury’s conclusion.

Carr mentioned the personal and financial toll the case had taken on Capers and expressed Capers’ eagerness to resume serving the community pending the Indianola Board of Aldermen’s decision to lift his unpaid administrative leave.

Community Fallout and Past Events

The Indianola Board of Aldermen previously placed Capers on unpaid leave after the incident. Capers, a distinguished officer named the best in Indianola in 2021, remains unable to resume active duty until the Board lifts his administrative leave.

The incident occurred during a response to a domestic dispute involving Murry’s mother’s ex-boyfriend, prompting Aderrien Murry to call 911 for assistance.

Family’s Account and Emotional Impact

Aderrien Murry’s mother, Nakala Murry, recounted the events leading up to the shooting, describing her concern for her son’s safety amidst a threatening situation with her ex-boyfriend.

She emphasized the moment Aderrien was shot by the officer when asked to come out of the house, highlighting the emotional turmoil and fear during the incident. Nakala Murry also shared the harrowing moments following the shooting, where she applied pressure to her son’s wound as he sang gospel songs and prayed while bleeding.

Closure at the State Level

With the grand jury’s decision, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office stated that no further state-level criminal action would be pursued against Sgt. Greg Capers, signaling the conclusion of the case from a legal standpoint within the state.

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