Biloxi, MS – The infant who was shot in a gun battle between his kidnapper father and law enforcement near Biloxi on Monday died early on Tuesday morning at USA Children’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama (video below).
The incident began at about 11:30 a.m. on May 3 at the home of the baby’s mother, 32-year-old Christin Parker, in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, WAFB reported.
Authorities said the baby’s father, 30-year-old Eric Derell Smith, allegedly shot the Parker and her nephew, 26-year-old Brandon Parker.
Then Smith kidnapped the baby – later identified as four-month-old La’Mello Parker- and fled east, WAFB reported.
Police spotted Smith’s vehicle at about 2:52 pm. near the Louisiana – Mississippi state line.
Dozens of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies and jurisdictions worked together to shut down roadways, slow down the suspect vehicle, WLOX reported.
Officers attempted to deploy stop sticks but Smith drove around them.
Authorities ended the pursuit with a PIT maneuver that brought Smith’s car to a halt in the grass on the median strip, WLOX reported.
The gun battle that ensued between Smith and police was captured on cell phone video and posted to social media.
It showed law enforced officers surrounding a blue car and exchanging a hail of gunfire with the suspect.
Smith was killed by police in the gunfight, WAFB reported.
It’s not yet know whose bullet struck the infant, WLOX reported.
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