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Louisiana Jury Finds Officer Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 6-Year-Old

Louisiana Jury Finds Officer Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 6-Year-Old

Through tears, Stafford told jurors in Marksville on Friday that he didn't know the boy was in the auto.

Stafford had been charged with counts of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting, which came after 26-year-old Christopher Few led deputies on a two-mile chase through the town just after 9 p.m. on November 3, 2015.

Stafford had previously been charged with Murder and Attempted Murder in the shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the shooting of Jeremy's father Chris Few.

Derrick Stafford breaks for lunch at the Avoyelles Parish courthouse during jury selection for his trial, in Marksville, Louisiana on March 13, 2017.

Jurors heard testimony that Stafford fired 14 shots from his semi-automatic pistol.

A second deputy who fired, Norris Greenhouse Jr., will go on trial later this year after pleading not guilty to the same charges.

Stafford said that he opened fire because he feared Few would back up and hit his colleague, who had fallen in the road as they attempted to pull the driver over.

"Do those photos show you what a.40 caliber Glock will do to a 6-year-old boy?" a prosecutor asked during cross examination, reports The Advocate. "The vehicle, Mr. Few and his son were struck by multiple gunshots fired by the deputy city marshals".

"I felt I had no choice but to save Norris".

Mardis' family said in a statement that they were satisfied with the verdict: "As we have said all along, our goal in this case was to get justice for Jeremy Mardis, his family, and the people of Louisiana".

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Video from a police officer's body camera shows the father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle while the two deputies collectively fired 18 shots.

Stafford cried when a prosecutor showed him photographs of the deceased 6-year-old named Jeremy Mardis, telling jurors that the pictures stirred up thoughts of his own child.

Few, who was behind the wheel of a small white auto, was hit.

Few was told of his son's death when he regained consciousness in hospital six days after the shooting, on the day of the boy's funeral.

A prosecutor, Matthew Derbes, asked Few if he regrets not stopping his auto when he saw the blue lights from an officer's vehicle.

He said he tried to get away from deputies because he wanted to take his son to his girlfriend's house, where he would be safe.

"Most definitely", Few said.

Both Stafford and Greenhouse have been sued before over separate claims of excessive force or bad police work.

The defense said Few was "the author of that child's fate" because he was the one who led the police on a treacherous, high-speed chase.

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