Baby dies in shootout between his double murder suspect dad and police

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A three-month-old boy kidnapped by his father from the scene of a double homicide in Louisiana died after a police shootout in Mississippi, during which officers fired a barrage of bullets at the murder suspect’s car, killing him.

Harrison County, Mississippi, Coroner Brian Switzer said that the baby succumbed to his injuries at around 1.30am on Tuesday at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. Switzer said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause.

The injured baby was hospitalized after officers opened fire on the car driven by his father, Eric Derell Smith, who died of multiple gunshot wounds Monday following a multi-state chase that ended in the median of Interstate 10 in Biloxi. 

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The incident began unfolding at around 11.30am on Monday, when Smith allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Christin Parker, and her nephew, 26-year-old Brandon Parker, inside a home in the 2000 block of Richmond Street in Baker, Louisiana.


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The woman’s daughter ran to a nearby home for help, saying that her mother had been shot, a neighbor told WXXV25.   

According to a press release from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Smith then took his infant son, La’Mello Parker, from the scene of the double homicide and sped away in a blue Nissan Altima.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies pursued Smith as he fled east on Interstate 10 towards Gulfport. 

WLOX-TV showed video with more than a dozen law enforcement cars, with blue lights flashing, following Smith’s car at slow speeds after Smith’s tires had been flattened. 

As the 130-mile chase entered Biloxi, Mississippi, Smith drove onto the grassy median in an attempt to cross it and get onto I-10 westbound, but the car got stuck near Mile Marker 40. 

According to a press release from the Biloxi Police Department, when Smith stepped out of the vehicle, ‘shots were fired.’  

Eyewitness video captured officers firing a barrage of bullets at Smith’s car, resulting in his death. 

After the suspect was killed, US Marshals got into the suspect’s car, grabbed baby La’Mello and rushed him to an area hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. 

Police in Biloxi did not say whether the baby was shot by one of the officers on the scene.  

The infant, who was born in late January, was later transferred to the hospital in Mobile, where he succumbed to his injuries the following morning.  

Biloxi police are handling the investigation because the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Gulfport police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office took part in the chase.  

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