Officer testifies about chase and death of 6-year-old boy

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Posted: Mar 21, 2017 1:53 PM

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana law enforcement officer has told a jury that he was not in fear for his own safety when two colleagues fired on a car, killing a 6-year-old boy in November 2015.

But Jason Brouillette (brew-ee-YET) also testified Tuesday that he believed the boy's father, Christopher Few, was driving dangerously before the shooting. Brouillette acknowledged telling investigators he believed Few was using the car "as a weapon."

Few was shot and wounded. His autistic son, Jeremy Mardis, died.

On trial is Derrick Stafford, charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Stafford, Brouillette and Norris Greenhouse Jr. were moonlighting as deputy city marshals on the night of the shooting, which followed a car chase.

Greenhouse awaits a separate trial on the same charges as Stafford. Brouillette was not charged.