Murder suspect dead following police chase in South Mississippi on Monday; 4-month old shot, hospitalized
A murder suspect is dead following a vehicle chase that ended on I-10 eastbound in Biloxi on Monday afternoon with multiple law enforcement agencies taking part in the pursuit.
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.
Viewer video sent in shows a shootout took place and Smith died as a result of his injuries.
The child was also shot during the incident and was taken to Merit Health Biloxi and eventually transported to a Mobile area hospital.
With the investigation now underway, the Biloxi Police Department will be the lead agency as police look to find more answers into this incident.
According to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the incident is believed to have started as a domestic dispute. Deputies responded to Richmond Street in Baker after a 911 hang up call.
During the pursuit, on and off ramps were shut down in Hancock and Harrison counties with law enforcement deploying spike strips in an effort to diffuse the chase.