The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

‘What did I do wrong?’ boy, 11, asks after being shot by police

- By Maighna Nanu

A BLACK schoolboy asked his mother “what did I do?” after being shot by police summoned to protect her from a violent former partner.

Aderrien Murry, 11, from Indianola, Mississipp­i, was wounded in the chest by an officer who “had his gun blazing” upon arrival, the Washington Post quoted the family’s attorney as saying.

Nakala Murry, the boy’s mother, said after her son was shot, he asked her: “Why did he shoot me? What did I do?” and began crying.

The Murry family are calling for the officer, who has been placed on paid administra­tive leave, to be fired.

Aderrien, who has been released from hospital, was treated for a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and fractured ribs.

An officer from the Indianola police department arrived on the scene after the boy called 911 and “had his gun drawn at the front door”, Ms Murry told CNN.

She said she told her son to call the police after the father of another one of her children arrived at their house and was acting “irate”.

The shooting occurred within “one to two minutes” of the officer asking those in the house to come outside, Ms Murry said, noting that as her son turned the corner of the hallway, he opened fire.

Ms Murry, who told the officer that no one was armed, said it was impossible for him to “know if it was a man, boy, pig or cow” that he shot.

“He wouldn’t know, because he shot so fast,” she added.

The policeman allegedly involved had previously been named the department’s “best officer”.

Ron Sampson, Indianola police chief, did not immediatel­y respond to requests for comment.

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