11-year-old boy accidentally shot by officer after calling police
When the police officer arrived at the house, he “had his gun drawn at the front door and asked those inside the home to come outside.” When her son turned a corner, the police officer opened fire
May 26, 2023 7:25am
Updated: May 26, 2023 10:13am
An 11-year-old boy from Mississippi who called 911 for help was accidentally shot by a responding police officer on Saturday. The boy has now been released from the hospital and is recovering from the incident, according to his family.
An Indianola Police Department officer responded to a domestic disturbance call on Saturday. When they arrived at the house, however, they shot 11-year-old Aderrien Murry in the chest, according to his mother, Nakala Murry.
Aderrien’s mother said during a press conference on Monday that the father of one of her other children had arrived at their house on Saturday at around 4 a.m. and was acting “irate.” Murray asked Aderrien to call 911.
When the police officer arrived at the house, he “had his gun drawn at the front door and asked those inside the home to come outside.” When her son turned a corner, the police officer opened fire.
“Once he came from around the corner, he got shot,” Murry 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?’”
Both Murry and the police officer rendered aid to Aderrien until medics arrived. He was rushed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was placed on a ventilator. Aderrien was suffering from a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
The police officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid leave while the incident is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Murry, however, has asked for further action to be taken, including firing and charging the police officer.
"What are you waiting on? Someone to actually die?" Murry’s lawyer, Carlos Moore, said.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said it is “currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence.” Once the investigation concludes, it will submit its findings to the state attorney general’s office.