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Bar workers: Investigators collected video showing couple before shooting

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MARKSVILLE - Bar tenders and a manager said State Police took surveillance video from their bar as troopers continue to piece together what happened to cause two part time city marshals to open fire on a vehicle, killing a child and injuring his father.

Jeremy Mardis, 6, was killed last Tuesday. His father, Chris Few, remains hospitalized after the incident in Avoyelles Parish.

Witnesses said they saw Few and his fiancée argue at TJ's Lounge, a bar less than two miles from where the shooting took place. Workers at the bar told WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington Wednesday night, the couple was having drinks and the fight was over a game of pool. But, workers added, the pair were not intoxicated.

Later, other witnesses saw authorities tailing Few. Eventually, an altercation happened between Few and the marshals at the end of a dead end street and shots were fired by the lawmen.

"I saw the cops go that way, past TJ's," Theresa Cooper said.

State Police can not comment on the investigation since a judge issued a gag order.

Friday, authorities arrested two of the four marshals involved in what was originally described as a pursuit and police shooting. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse face murder and attempted murder charges.

Greenhouse, whose father is an attorney and an assistant district attorney in Avoyelles Parish, is set to be released on a $1 million bond Thursday. The Greenhouse family put up property to secure the bond. Stafford is said to be remaining in jail on the same bond amount.

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