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Mississippi police officer accused of shooting boy, 11, is suspended

PICTURED: Mississippi police officer accused of shooting unarmed 11-year-old in the chest after he called 911 for help is suspended without pay

  • Aderrien Murry ‘came within an inch of losing his life’ on Saturday morning when he was allegedly shot in the chest by Sergeant Greg Capers
  • He suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver and is recovering at home after treatment at University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Indianola Police Department officer Capers has been suspended pending an investigation, according to the family’s attorney Carlos Moore

A Mississippi police officer accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy in the chest after he dialed 911 for help has been suspended without pay. 

Aderrien Murry ‘came within an inch of losing his life’ on Saturday morning when he was allegedly shot in the chest by Sergeant Greg Capers.

He suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver from the shooting and was placed on a ventilator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. 

The wounded boy, who is now recovering at home after being released from hospital on Wednesday, asked his mother Nakala Murry: ‘Why did he shoot me? What did I do? 

Capers has been suspended pending an investigation, a source for Indianola Police Department told Dailymail.com

Mississippi police officer Greg Capers, accused of a shooting an 11-year-old boy in the chest after he dialed 911 for help, has been suspended without pay

Aderrien Murry ‘came within an inch of losing his life’ on Saturday morning when he was shot in the chest

He suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver from the shooting and was placed on a ventilator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson

Aderrien called the police for help and an officer arrived to deal with the domestic disturbance call, according to Nakala and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) which is investigating the shooting. 

He was concerned about his mother’s safety when the ‘irate’ father of his half sister arrived at their home at 4am Saturday.

Nakala claimed the officer ‘had his gun drawn at the front door and asked those inside the home to come outside’, before her son was shot as he walked around the hallway corner. 

‘Once he came from around the corner, he got shot,’ she said in a press conference outside Indianola’s city hall annex building on Monday.

‘I cannot grasp why. The same cop that told him to come out of the house. (Aderrien) did, and he got shot.’

Nakala put her hand over her son’s wound to apply pressure while he ‘sang gospel songs and prayed while bleeding out’.

She claimed the officer tried to help render first aid and put his hand over hers to try to stop Aderrien’s bleeding. 

The family’s attorney Moore claimed Aderrien ‘came within an inch of losing his life’. 

He said: ‘It’s not OK for a cop to do this and get away with this. 

‘The mother asked Aderrien to call the police on her daughter’s father. 

‘He walked out of his room as directed by the police and he got shot.’

Nakala added that the shooting took place ‘one to two minutes’ after the officer asked everyone in the house to come outside.

The wounded boy, who is now recovering at home after being released from hospital on Wednesday, asked his mother Nakala Murry: ‘Why did he shoot me? What did I do?

Moore, pictured with Aderrien, claimed Capers was suspended without pay as an investigation over the shooting takes place and shared a picture of the officer on social media

His mother Nakala Murry has been calling for the officer to be fired over the shooting

Her daughter and two-year-old nephew were in the house at the time of the shooting. 

The father of Nakala’s daughter was arrested during the day on Saturday but was released because she had not filed a police report, according to Moore.

‘When was I going to have time to do that? I was in the hospital with my son,’ Nakala said. 

During the emotional press conference on Monday, she held up a sign which read: ‘Your “best” cop shot my baby’. 

She has been calling for the officer to be fired over the shooting.  

Aderrien told his friends and family he was recovering with a post of Facebook and wrote: ‘Am okay y’all.’

‘No one came to the hospital from the police station,’ even four days after Aderrien was shot, Nakala told CNN. ‘I’m just happy my son is alive.’

Moore said Capers was suspended without pay as an investigation over the shooting takes place and shared a picture of the officer on social media. 

He said: ‘Meet Sgt. Greg Capers of the Indianola Police Department. He’s the cop that shot 11 year old unarmed Aderrien Murry after the boy called 911 for help for his mom. 

‘To this day, neither the officer nor city has given the family any explanation why.’ 

Aderrien called the police for help and an officer arrived to deal with the domestic disturbance call, according to  his mother 

Nakala claimed the officer had his gun drawn at the front door and shot her son as he walked around the corner of a hallway

Moore previously said: ‘We believe that the city and the officer should be liable to Aderrien Murray, for the damages they have caused.’

The attorney’s request for body camera footage of the incident to be released was rejected because of ‘an ongoing investigation.’

But he has been told there is a video of the shooting from a nearby gas station. 

The MBI, which is investigating the shooting, issued a statement on the weekend.

It said it is ‘currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence’ and would hand over its findings to the state attorney general’s office after completing the investigation. 

Dailymail.com has gone to Indianola Police Department for comment. 

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