Derrick Stafford was also convicted of attempted murder for the November 2015 shooting that killed 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and wounded his father, Christopher Few, according to Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle. The boy was hit by five bullets.
The Friday evening verdict came after just over three hours of jury deliberations that capped a five-day trial, CNN affiliate WBRZ reported.
Stafford took the stand hours before his conviction, testifying that he was defending fellow officers when he opened fire.
“It makes me feel horrible,” Stafford said of the incident, according to CNN affiliate KALB. “I have children the same age.”
Stafford told the jury: “Never in a million years did I know a child was in that vehicle. I would have called off the pursuit myself. That is the truth.”
Jeremy, a first-grader, was buckled in the front passenger seat of Few’s car when he was shot.