UPDATE: 4-month-old shot in South Mississippi police chase on Monday dies

A 4-month-old child shot during a police chase in South Mississippi on Monday has died, according to officials.

Tuesday morning, Biloxi Police released a statement saying, “Despite the efforts of medical staff, the child passed away as a result of the injuries sustained.”

Around 11:30 Monday morning, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana responded to the scene of a double murder in the city of Baker, which marked the beginning of a hunt that eventually ended on I-10 in South Mississippi.

Officials say 30-year-old Eric Derrell Smith entered a residence and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend Christin Parker and her nephew, Brandon Parker.

An eyewitness described the scene. “Jeannette had came to my house looking for help. The guy—she said that she heard two gunshots and that they shot her mom”

Smith then fled in his Nissan Altima with his four-month-old child and just before 3 p.m., local law enforcement agencies were alerted that Smith’s vehicle was traveling east on I-10 towards Gulfport.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam says his department, along with other local police departments, coordinated traffic and kept pursuit as Smith moved through the county. “We did what we had to do, and you know, I’m proud of the way our guys handled it, and I’m very proud of the fact that, you know, Bay St. Louis and Diamondhead, they stepped right in and everybody coordinated.”

The chase eventually came to an end near Mile Marker 40 in Biloxi city limits when Smith drove into the grass median and became stuck.

With the investigation now underway, the Biloxi Police Department will be the lead agency as police look to find more answers into this incident.

Once a thorough investigation is completed the details will be released to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

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