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No Charges Filed Against Mississippi Police Officer Who Shot 11-Year-Old Boy

Aderrien was taken to the hospital and treated for a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver.

A Mississippi grand jury has determined that an officer will not be held liable after shooting and wounding an 11-year-old boy. Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest on May 20 by an Indianola police officer responding to the boy’s call about a domestic disturbance.  

According to Aderrien’s mother, Nakula Murry, her son called police when her child’s father came to her home and started behaving erratically. Murry told CNN that Sgt. Greg Capers came to the door with his gun drawn and asked the house occupants to come outside. When the Aderrien attempted to walk outside, Capers shot him. 

Aderrien was taken to the hospital and treated for a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver.

Capers was suspended without pay, pending an investigation.

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch released a statement Dec. 14 that said Capers would not be charged for the incident:

“The Office of the Attorney General completed its review into the May 20, 2023, incident involving an officer-involved shooting in Indianola, Mississippi, and presented it to the grand jury in Sunflower County yesterday. The grand jury reported that it found no criminal conduct on behalf of the officer involved.” 

Attorney Carlos Moore, representing the Murry family, told NPR that he will continue to pursue legal action to ensure that his clients receive justice. 

The Murry family has filed a $5 million federal lawsuit naming the city of Indianola and the two responding police officers as defendants. The lawsuit accuses the officers of gross negligence and reckless disregard, and accuses the city of failing to provide adequate training for their officers. The Murrys are also demanding that police bodycam footage be released to the public.

The judge overseeing the case did allow the family to view the footage last week but has prohibited it from being released to the public. 

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