The incident occurred when a police officer from the Indianola Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call at the child's residence and fired a shot into his chest. Nakala Murry, the boy's mother, along with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, confirmed the details and are urging for the officer responsible to be terminated and charged with the shooting.
Murry told CNN that the “irate” father of another of her children arrived at her home at 4 a.m. Saturday.
Concerned about 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 outside.” Murry said her son was shot coming around the corner of a hallway, into the living room.
“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?’” she said.
The shooting happened within what felt like “one to two minutes” after the officer asked those in the house to come outside, Murry said.
The boy was given a chest tube and placed on a ventilator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He had a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver because of the shooting, his mother said. He was released from the hospital Wednesday. CNN has reached out to the hospital.
It is truly heartbreaking to think about what this child has been through. We can be grateful that he escaped the incident without any life-altering injuries, but the emotional trauma he experienced will likely have a lasting impact for years to come.
It is imperative that the officer responsible faces significant consequences for this grave error.