Marshals Shoot at Fleeing Car, Kill 6-Year-Old Inside
Boy was in the car with his dad, whom marshals were chasing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2015 6:15 PM CST
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(Newser) – A 6-year-old boy was killed and his father critically wounded after marshals for a central-Louisiana city fired at their vehicle as the father was trying to flee, officials said. The two were shot about 9:30pm Tuesday in the city of Marksville. Avoyelles Parish Coroner Dr. L. J. Mayeux identified the driver as Chris Few and his son as Jeremy Mardis, a first-grader at a nearby elementary school. The coroner said Mardis died from multiple gunshot wounds to his head and chest. Few was listed in serious condition Wednesday morning, according to hospital officials.

Mayeux said city marshals were chasing Few after he fled an attempt to serve a warrant. The coroner said Few reached a dead end and was backing into the marshals when they fired. The coroner said the boy was "caught in the line of fire" and was killed. "More likely than not they were shooting into the driver side, and he was on the passenger side," Mayeux said. "He was in the line of fire." It was not immediately clear what type of warrant the marshals were trying to serve.