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(WABNEWS) — An 11-year-old Mississippi boy who was shot by police after calling 911 for help has been released from the hospital and is recovering, according to his family.
The family is asking that the officer be fired and charged with the shooting.RELATED
Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest by an Indianola Police Department officer early Saturday morning while the officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call at the boy’s home, according to his mother, Nakala Murry, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Murry told WABNEWS that the father of another of his children came to his house at 4 am, “angry.”
Concerned for her safety, Murry asked Aderrien to call the police.
Murry said the officer who arrived at the home “had his gun drawn at the front door and asked those inside the home to come out.” Murry said his son was shot as he turned a corner from a hallway and entered the living room.
“Once he got out of the corner, they shot him,” Murry said. “I can’t understand why. The same policeman who told him to get out of the house. [Aderrien] he did, and they shot him. He kept asking, ‘Why did he shoot me? What did I do wrong?’” she said.
The shooting occurred within what seemed like “a minute or two” after the officer asked those in the house to come out, Murry said.
The boy was intubated and put on a ventilator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after suffering a collapsed lung, broken ribs and lacerated liver from the shooting, according to his mother. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday. WABNEWS has contacted the hospital.
Two other children, including Murry’s daughter and 2-year-old nephew, were also at the home at the time of the shooting, he said.
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Murry’s family attorney, Carlos Moore, told WABNEWS the incident was captured on the police officer’s body camera.
Moore said his request for the body camera footage was denied due to “an ongoing investigation.”
Body camera video of the incident has not been made public.
Moore also said he was told there is video of the incident from a nearby gas station.
The Indianola Police Department confirmed that the officer involved in the shooting is named Greg Capers, but did not provide additional details about the shooting and told WABNEWS that the police chief was not available.
WABNEWS reached out to Capers for comment but did not immediately hear back.
Indianola’s Board of Aldermen voted Monday night to place Capers on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, according to the family’s attorney.
In a statement over the weekend, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) said the agency is “currently evaluating this critical incident and collecting evidence” and will turn its findings over to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. status, once the investigation is complete.
On Wednesday, MBI spokesperson Bailey Martin declined to answer additional questions, telling WABNEWS in an email: “Because this is an open and ongoing investigation, no further comment will be made.”
WABNEWS has contacted the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for comment.
The family is angry that the officer is still employed by the Police Department.
Murry said that after her son was shot, she placed her hand on the wound to apply pressure as he “sang gospel songs and prayed as he bled out.” The police officer, he said, tried to help provide first aid and placed her hand over his to try to stop Aderrien’s bleeding.
When an ambulance arrived, doctors were “very attentive,” he said.
“Aderrien almost lost his life,” Moore said. “It is not right for a police officer to do this and get away with it. The mother asked Aderrien to call the police about [lo sucedido con] the father of his daughter. He left her room following the instructions of the police and they shot him”.
Murry said police told her her daughter’s father was detained later Saturday, but was eventually released because she had not filed a police report against him.
“When was I going to have time to do that? I was in the hospital with my son, ”she said, reacting to the news of the man’s release.
Four days after the shooting, Murry told WABNEWS that “no one came to the hospital from the police station” nor had he spoken to any police investigator about the shooting.
“I am happy that my son is alive,” she said through tears.
Moore told WABNEWS that she is furious that Capers is still an employee of the Indianola Police Department.
“We believe that the city and the agent should be held accountable to Aderrien Murray for the damage they have caused,” the lawyer said.
Moore said they will hold a sit-in at Indianola City Hall this Thursday morning.
Indianola is a small city, the majority of its population is black, with 31% of its residents below the poverty line. It is located in the Mississippi delta, about 160 kilometers north of Jackson, its capital.