Derrien Murry, an 11-year-old boy from Mississippi, was tragically shot in the chest by an Indianola Police Department officer early in the morning last Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The call was made by Derrien himself after his mother, Nakala Murry, had requested him to do so when her other child’s father showed up to the home in a rage.
Upon entering the residence, the officer immediately had his gun drawn and told those inside to come out. According to Nakala Murry, it was at this moment that her son was shot as he was around the corner of a hallway into the living room. Desperate and shocked, the mother quickly applied pressure to her son’s gunshot wound while the officer attempted to give first aid afterward.
Derrien was brought to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he endured an emergency chest tube, fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, and a collapsed lung. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital after recovery.
The event has prompted an outcry from the community and Derrien’s family. A press conference mentioned on Carlos Moore’s Twitter page was held in response to the incident, featuring a declaration for justice and a sign that said, “Your ‘best’ cop shot my baby.” Carlos also demanded that the officer, Greg Capers, be “terminated!” and “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Indianola Police Department is yet to comment on the shooting, though Officer Capers is currently on paid administrative leave while an investigation continues. The public still awaits to see what further action will be taken.