Authorities say a 6-year-old boy is dead and his father is in critical condition after marshals for a city in central Louisiana shot at a vehicle they were fleeing in.

Officials say the two were shot about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city of Marksville.

Avoyelles Parish coroner Dr. L. J. Mayeux identified the driver as Chris Few and his son as Jeremy Mardis, a first-grader at a nearby elementary school.

Mayeux says city marshals were chasing Few after he fled an attempt to serve a warrant.

The coroner says Few reached a dead end and was backing into the marshals when they fired. The coroner says the boy was "caught in the line of fire" and was killed.

State police are handling the investigation, but they provided few details.