INDIANOLA, Mississippi– The family of an 11-year-o`ld boy involved in a domestic violence incident in Indianola is demanding that the police sergeant responsible for shooting him in the chest be fired and face criminal charges.
The incident occurred during an investigation conducted by the sergeant.
“No child should ever be subjected to such violence at the hands of those who are sworn to protect and serve,” the family’s attorney, Carlos Moore, said in a statement to CNN on Thursday. “We must demand justice for this young boy and his family. We cannot allow another senseless tragedy like this to occur. We must come together as a community to demand change and accountability from our law enforcement officials.”
The incident began around 4 a.m. on May 20 when the father of one of Nakala Murry’s children arrived at her residence.
Murry stated that the man knocking on her window seemed angry, causing her to worry about her safety.
In response, she discreetly passed her phone to her 11-year-old son, Aderrien, and instructed him to contact his grandmother and the police.
Moore said two Indianola police officers responded to the family’s home on BB King road
“My child’s father was still there,” Murry told. “He was like, ‘Don’t open the door.’ I was telling him that I’m going to open the door.”
Murry said the man then “ran toward the back” of the residence and ultimately fled as the officers “started kicking on the door with their foot, like they were trying to break it down,”
After Murry opened the door and informed the officers that the angry man had left, she explained that only her three children were inside.
Murry stated that Sergeant Greg Capers from the Indianola Police Department shouted into her house, instructing everyone inside to exit with their hands raised.
Murry’s attorney, Carlos Moore, mentioned that Aderrien entered the living room with empty hands, and it was at that moment that Sgt. Capers fired a shot, striking Aderrien in the chest.
“His words to me was ‘why did he shoot me?”’ Murry said her son told her right after he was shot. “He ran to me, he was bleeding, I held him… he bled out the mouth.”
Murry said Aderrien “sang gospel songs and prayed while bleeding out” as she and Sgt. Capers applied pressure to his wound with their hands to try to stop the bleeding.
Aderrien was rushed to a local hospital and treated for a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung, and multiple fractured ribsHe was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is continuing his recovery at home.
“He still has lots of questions,” Moore told He is emotionally distraught. He is glad to be alive.”The incident was captured by the sergeant’s bodycam.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shootingTheir findings will be forwarded to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
“We do believe he’s a strong young man and he will get through this, but it’s a lot to process,” the attorney added“And he’s never going to trust the police again.”
Moore said the family is planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit in the near future“We need to hold our law enforcement officers to a higher standard and ensure that they are trained to de-escalate situations and use non-lethal methods whenever possible,” he said.