An image taken from witness video shows the scene just as shots rang out. (Image via WLOX-TV screengrab.)
A 3-month-old infant is dead after a shootout between the police and the child’s father in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The father, Eric Derell Smith, 30, had been hit and killed by multiple gunshots. The baby, La’Mello Parker, was struck once and murdered, but the local coroner’s office did not immediately confirm if the infant was taken by the police or by the father. A full report will be supplied to different authorities, including the local prosecutor’s office, Harrison County, Miss.. Coroner Brian Switzer told local ABC and CBS affiliate WLOX-TV. Switzer did not say if the infant was taken at close range.
The coroner said before that Smith wasn’t murdered by a self-inflicted wound.
(Image through the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.)
Christin Parker has been La’Mello Parker’s mom. Smith took away with La’Mello and fled Mississippi.
Police chased Smith into Biloxi, roughly two and a half hours east of Baton Rouge Parish, knowing that infant La’Mello had been at Smith’s car. About two-thirds of how to Biloxi, authorities say Smith and the police shot at one another in Hancock County, Miss.. Traffic has been blocked from getting into the highway. At least 50 law enforcement cars were a part of the quest, the TV channel said.
A screen capture from video captured with a Mississippi Department of Transportation traffic shows Eric Derell Smith’s blue sedan being chased by a set of vehicles.
Many videos of the chase show police cars lined up three and sometimes four vehicles wide and an uncountable number of vehicles deep in pursuit of Smith’s blue sedan.
Police deployed stop sticks. Smith reportedly drove around them at one stage, but eventually, two of his tires popped. As Smith’s auto slowed, video captured by a witness indicates the police bumping his sedan to the median.
Other movie captured by a witness indicates Smith may have fired a weapon. Law enforcement answered by firing approximately twenty rounds.
A police accounts reported by the Biloxi Sun-Herald indicates Smith may have tried getting from the vehicle.
Smith appears to have died at the scene. The infant was rushed to a single hospital in Biloxi, then into a trauma center in Mobile, Alabama. Though the infant was initially listed in stable condition, he seemingly took a turn to the worse.
Watch one of those witness videos below.
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