By Emily Wagster Petus - The Associated Press
The 11-year-old boy who called police in Mississippi to help his family and was shot by an officer revealed Tuesday what he felt when the bullet pierced his lung (it was, he said, "like a big punch to the chest"): "I really thought I was about to lose my life." Aderrien Murry said in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America.
The incident occurred May 20 in Indianola, a town of about 9,300 people in the rural Mississippi Delta, about 95 miles (about 153 kilometers) northwest of Jackson.
Aderrien Murry, 11. Courtesy of the family
Aderrien's mother, Nakala Murry, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the city of Indianola, the police chief and the officer accused of shooting her son.
The complaint, which claims at least five million dollars, alleges that the city did not properly train the officer and that he used excessive force.
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The incident occurred when the woman asked her son to call the police around 4 a.m. when the father of another of her children showed up at her home, Murry family lawyer Carlos Moore told The Associated Press last week. The lawyer said the man was angry and Nakala Murry felt threatened by him.
Moore said two officers responded to the home and one of them kicked in the door before Nakala Murry opened it. The woman told them the man who was causing the disturbance had left, but there were three children inside, the lawyer said.
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Moore said Nakala Murry told her Sgt. Greg Capers, who is black, said by yelling that anyone inside the home should leave with their hands up. The lawyer said Aderrien, who is also black, appeared in the living room with nothing in his hands, and Capers shot him in the chest.
"I came out doing this," Aderrien explained to Good Morning America, raising both hands. "I was bleeding, bleeding from my mouth. Then I would just remember singing a song," he said.
"No weapon forged against me will prosper," he explained of the song he sang, a line that references a Bible verse, Isaiah 54:17.
Aderrien Murry was hospitalized for five days with a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and fractured ribs, Moore said. "It was God who saved my life," Aderrien told the TV show, "and I really, really believe it."
Nakala Murry said during a protest at Indianola City Government last week that her son is "blessed" to be alive, but she doesn't understand why an officer shot him.
"I never thought something like this would happen," he told Good Morning America, "it's scary. It's emotional to even think about how I could have lost my son because I was trying to get help."
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Indianola District Attorney Kimberly Merchant confirmed to The Enterprise-Tocsin of Indianola that Capers is the officer who fired the shot. An Indianola Police Department communications supervisor, Kedric Wash, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would not speak about the shooting while it is investigated.
Moore said last week that Capers was suspended from pay during the probe. Nakala Murry has requested to be fired.