Two officers at scene of fatal shooting are cleared of wrongdoing
Thu, 12/10/2015 - 05:00
By Raymond L. Daye
Two Marksville city police officers who were at the scene of a fatal shooting have been cleared and have returned to duty while an officer charged with murder in that incident has been suspended without pay, Police Chief Elster Smith said. A fourth lawman at the scene who was not employed by the MPD remains out on bail.
Derrick Stafford, a city police lieutenant who was working as a Marksville City Marshal’s deputy on Nov. 3, has been suspended without pay while he sits in the Rapides Parish Detention Center under a $1 million bond, Smith said.
He is charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and attempted 2nd-degree murder of the child’s father, Chris Few.
Smith said MPD officers Kenneth Parnell and Jason Brouillette have been cleared in the State Police investigation and have returned to duty.
Parnell was on-duty with MPD on the night of Nov. 3 when he responded to the call on Martin Luther King Drive. His body camera captured video of the incident that has made nationwide headlines. Brouillette was moonlighting as a Ward 2/Marksville Marshal’s deputy when he arrived at the scene that night.
Norris Greenhouse Jr., also charged with murder in connection with the shooting, was a reserve officer with MPD and worked on an as-needed basis. He is currently out of jail on a $1 million property bond. Greenhouse was also a part-time ward/city marshal’s deputy and was in the patrol car with Stafford.
Stafford and Greenhouse have also been fired from their jobs with the Alexandria City Marshal’s Office. Greenhouse was a full-time deputy and Stafford worked part-time.