MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of Aderrien Murry, the unarmed 11-year-old boy who was shot by an officer with the Indianola Mississippi Police Department, has filed a $5 million civil lawsuit against the city.

The suit will also be against the Indianola Police Chief, the police officer who shot him and other parties, according to the family’s attorney, Carlos Moore.

Aderrien’s family and attorney demand that the Chief and the officer who shot him be fired. They also want the bodycam video of the shooting to be released to the public. 

“It’s the most egregious case of excessive force I’ve witnessed or heard in my 21 years of law practice,” Moore said. “City of Indianola, we’re coming after you, and you’re going to pay them.”

This December 2022 photo provided by Nakala Murry of Indianola, Miss., shows her 11-year-old son Aderrien Murry, who was shot and wounded by an Indianola Police Department officer on Saturday, May 20, 2023, during a domestic disturbance call at the home of Murry’s family. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting. (Courtesy of Nakala Murry via AP)
11-year-old Aderrien Murry

Aderrien was shot in the chest by the officer last Saturday after he called 911 during a domestic dispute at the family home.  

According to Moore, Aderrien’s mother Nakala Murry called police because her ex-boyfriend had broken into the house May 20. After the mother came out of the house, an officer ordered anyone else in the house to come out.

Moore says Aderrien walked out of the house with his hands up, and was shot in the chest. Aderrien began asking forgiveness and singing in his mother’s arms, Moore said.

Aderrien Murry was hospitalized five days for a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and fractured ribs, Moore said.

“It was God that saved my life,” Aderrien told “Good Morning America.” “And I truly, truly believe that.”

Moore identified the officer who fired the shot as Greg Capers, and said Capers was a 61-year-old sergeant. Capers was named the best officer in Indianola in 2021.

Indianola City Attorney Kimberly Merchant confirmed to The Enterprise-Tocsin newspaper in Indianola that Capers is the officer who fired the shot. An Indianola Police Department communications supervisor, Kedric Wash, told AP on Tuesday that the department is not commenting on the shooting while it is under state investigation.

Moore told AP last week that Indianola officials have suspended Capers with pay during an investigation into the shooting. Moore and Nakala Murry have called on the Indianola Police Department to fire Capers.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced it is examining the shooting, as it does most shootings involving law enforcement officers in the state. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesperson Bailey Martin said last week that the department would not comment on the investigation as it continues, and MBI agents will share their findings with the state attorney general’s office.