"I cannot grasp why. The same cop that told him to come out of the house. (Aderrien) did, and he got shot," the boy's mother questioned.
Trigger Warning: This article contains themes of police violence, gun violence, and domestic violence that some readers may find distressing.
An 11-year-old boy who called 911 for assistance is recovering after being shot by a police officer in Mississippi, according to his attorney. Aderrien Murry was admitted to the hospital following the incident that occurred early Saturday, May 20, in Indianola, around 100 miles northwest of Jackson. He has been discharged and is now recuperating at home. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) reported that the shooting took place when an officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at the boy's residence attended by an Indianola Police officer.
The boy's mother, Nakala Murry, explained that she had asked Aderrien to call the police around 4 a.m. the father of one of her other children was at the door knocking. He appeared to be irate and agitated. Given her experiences with him, she wanted to be safe. Aderrien made a call to the police and Nakala's mom.
But when the officer arrived, he had his firearm drawn and instructed those inside the house to come outside. According to Nakala, Aderrien was shot as he came around a corner into the living room reports USA Today.
Expressing her confusion, Nakala said, "I cannot grasp why. The same cop that told him to come out of the house. (Aderrien) did, and he got shot. He kept asking, 'Why did he shoot me? What did I do wrong?'" The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation disclosed that Aderrien suffered significant injuries and was hospitalized after being shot, while no one else was harmed during the incident. Murry's daughter and Murry's 2-year-old nephew were the other two kids present when the shooting occurred according to her, reported CNN.
Neither the police chief of Indianola nor the officer involved in the shooting could be immediately reached for comment. Carlos E. Moore, the attorney representing the Murry family, stated that Aderrien was released from the hospital on Wednesday, May 24. The young boy endured a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and fractured ribs, according to Moore. The attorney called for a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the shooting, emphasizing the need for accountability for those responsible.
I’m going to go out on a limb & say, if the body-cam footage were exculpatory for the cop, it would have been released by now‼️#SaveMississippi— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) May 25, 2023
After being shot in the chest by officer Greg Capers, 11 year old Aderrien Murray asked, ‘Why did he shoot me? What did I do wrong?’… pic.twitter.com/4TI6wsNMUW
He stated, "No child should ever be subjected to such violence at the hands of those who are sworn to protect and serve." The status of the officer involved in the incident and whether they are on routine administrative leave is currently unknown. Bailey Martin, the Press Secretary of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, informed the news outlet that the MBI is assessing the incident and collecting evidence. Once the investigation is complete, the findings will be shared with the Attorney General's Office. As the investigation is ongoing, no further comments were provided at this time.
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