A boy picked up by his father from the Louisiana double murder scene died at a hospital Tuesday, hours after the man was killed by Mississippi law enforcement officers who fired a series of bullets at the car, authorities said.
Harrison County, Mississippi County Medical Examiner Brian Sweezer said the baby, born in January, died at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the American Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. The doorman said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause.
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The injured baby was hospitalized after police stopped the chase by firing on a car driven by Eric Darrell Smith, who died of multiple gunshot wounds on Monday after finally stopping in the middle of Interstate 1
Schwitzer told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he had not yet seen the baby’s body and could not say whether the boy had been shot.
More than a dozen police officers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Gulfport Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department joined the chase.
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Smith is suspected of two murders near Baker, Louisiana, early Monday. WBRZ-TV reported that the sheriff’s office of East Baton Rouge says that the 30-year-old Smith entered the house and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and her nephew. They were identified as Christine Parker, 32, and Brandon Parker, 26.
WLOX-TV showed a video taken by a bystander on the last volley of shots, after more than a dozen vehicles, blue lights flashing, followed by Smith’s car.