...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
The mother of 11-year-old Aderrien Murry, who was shot by a Mississippi police officer after calling 911 for help, is demanding the officer be fired.
Aderrien suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and fractured ribs, and questioned why he was shot.
A Tragic Incident
Aderrien was shot in the chest by Officer Greg Capers, leaving him inches away from losing his life.
He was admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he received medical treatment, including a chest tube and ventilation support.
According to Nakala Murry, Aderrien’s mother, the incident occurred when the officer had his gun drawn at their front door.
As Aderrien walked around the corner of a hallway into the living room, he was shot, despite the officer’s earlier request for him to come outside.
Aderrien asked his mother why he was shot and what he had done wrong.
Domestic Disturbance Call
Aderrien had called the police to report a domestic disturbance when the father of his half-sister became irate and arrived at their home at 4 am.
An officer was dispatched to handle the situation, as confirmed by Nakala and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).
Nakala asserts that the officer asked those inside the house to come outside with his gun drawn, and her son was shot as he rounded the corner of the hallway.
She expressed disbelief and confusion, emphasizing that the same officer who instructed Aderrien to exit the house was the one who shot him.
Mother’s Heroic Efforts
Nakala applied pressure to her son’s wound while he sang gospel songs and prayed, waiting for medical assistance.
She claimed that the officer responsible for the shooting tried to help by applying pressure and even placed his hand over hers to stem the bleeding.
Medical personnel provided attentive care upon arrival.
A Narrow Escape
Attorney Carlos Moore, representing the family, emphasized that Aderrien was perilously close to losing his life.
He stated that it is unacceptable for a police officer to act in such a manner and escape consequences.
Nakala had asked Aderrien to call the police to address the issue involving her daughter’s father.
However, as instructed, when Aderrien walked out of his room, he was shot.
Immediate Aftermath and Protests
The shooting took place one to two minutes after the officer requested everyone to come outside.
Nakala’s daughter and two-year-old nephew were present in the house during the incident.
The father of Nakala’s daughter was briefly arrested but was released because she had not yet filed a police report due to being with her injured son at the hospital.
Nakala expressed her frustration that no one from the police station visited her son in the hospital, despite four days passing since the shooting.
The family held a sit-in protest outside Indianola City Hall, demanding justice.
Attorney Moore’s request to release body camera footage was denied due to an ongoing investigation.
However, it has been revealed that there is a video of the incident from a nearby gas station.
The Indianola Board of Aldermen placed Officer Capers on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
The family believes this is a step in the right direction but is advocating for his termination.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is currently examining the incident and will submit their findings to the state attorney general’s office upon completion of the investigation.