Suspect in Louisiana killings dies after Mississippi chase

Christopher Sadowski

A man wanted in two killings in Louisiana has died during a shootout with police in Mississippi.

Posted: May 4, 2021 11:42 AM
Updated: May 4, 2021 2:41 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A man wanted in two killings in Louisiana has died during a shootout with police in Mississippi.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies chased his car Monday. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says authorities are trying to determine whether Eric Derell Smith shot himself or was shot by police on Interstate 10.

A 4-month-old boy in Smith’s car was taken to a Biloxi hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said 30-year-old Smith entered a home in Baker and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and her nephew.

They were identified as 32-year-old Christin Parker and 26-year-old Brandon Parker.

UPDATE: Baby dies after father killed in barrage of police gunfire

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says a baby boy taken by his father from the scene of a double homicide in Louisiana home has died.

The boy was in the car when his father died in a barrage of law enforcement gunfire after a long chase into Mississippi. The coroner in Harrison County, Mississippi, Brian Switzer, says the baby died about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at a hospital in Mobile, Alabama.

Switzer hasn't seen the boy's body yet so can't say whether he was shot. Eric Derell Smith was suspected of killing the boy's mother and cousin Monday in Baker, Louisiana.

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