Early Saturday morning, May 20, 2023, Indianola police responded to a domestic disturbance call in Indianola, Mississippi. Nakala Murry told reporters that the father of one of her children arrived at their home, acting "irate." The concerned mother snuck her phone to her son, who called his grandmother and the police.
The exact details of what led up to the shooting have not been released, but one officer, Greg Capers, shot 11-year-old Aderrien Murry in the chest.
"His words were: "Why did he shoot me? What did I do?' and he started crying," Nakala said, during a press conference held with the family's attorney, Carlos Moore.
The terrified mother held her son and applied pressure to his wound as blood poured from his mouth.
Aderrien is currently in the intensive care unit of the University of Mississippi Medical center in Jackson, Mississippi with a lacerated liver, collapsed lung, fractured rib and other injuries. Medical experts placed the young boy on a ventilator.
“This cannot keep happening. This is not OK,” Nakala Murry, said, during a press conference. “If a non-police officer was to shoot someone, you know it’s not okay. When the police do it, they have protocol. He was trained. He knows what to do.”
Greg Capers was voted "Best Cop" in the Indianola Police Department.
"If he’s your best, Indianola, you need a clean house from top to bottom,” Carlos Moore said at the press conference.
Greg Capers was on paid administrative leave, pending further investigation, and authorities announced his suspension on May 23, 2023.
The family is requesting that the body cam footage from Greg Capers be released within 48 hours, for the firing of officer Capers and Police Chief Ronald Sampson, and they are requesting that attempted murder charges be brought against Greg Capers.
In 2022, Greg Capers allegedly tased a man, Kelvin Franklin, while he was in handcuffs. No known disciplinary action was taken against Capers for that incident.
“What are you waiting on? Someone to actually die?” Carlos Moore said during the press conference. “An 11-year-old almost died. By the grace of God, he is alive. The people of Indianola are not going to wait until somebody dies.”
Carlos Moore and the family are holding a rally and sit-in on May 25, 2023 at Indianola City Hall located at 1101 Front Street in Indianola, Mississippi.