A 6-year-old boy was fatally wounded and his father was listed in critical condition after a chase with deputy city marshals in Marksville ended in a shooting on Tuesday night, Louisiana State Police said.
The boy, Jeremy David Mardis, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Avoyelles Parish Coroner L.J. Mayeaux said Wednesday. The boy was a student at Lafargue Elementary in Effie.
Mayeaux said the boy was in the vehicle when he was shot and it appears all the shots came from outside and through the driver's side of the vehicle. He said the investigation is ongoing, but the "working theory" is that all shots were fired by city marshals.
The shooting on Martin Luther King Drive in Marksville happened at the end of a pursuit and involved multiple city marshals from Ward 2, Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper Daniel “Scott” Moreau said. In a Facebook post on Wednesday morning, the state police indicated the preliminary investigation showed the marshals “discharged their duty weapons.”