The child taken along on an interstate police chase that ended in gunfire after a man fled authorities following the killing two people at a residence in Baker has died, the Biloxi Police Department said Tuesday morning.
The infant had been taken to a Biloxi hospital Monday afternoon with unspecified injuries after a low speed pursuit eastbound on Interstate 10 ended near mile marker 40 in Mississippi, Biloxi Police said.
The suspect, Eric Derrell Smith, 30, of Baton Rouge, tried to drive across the median but his car became stuck, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. Smith and law enforcement then got into a shootout during which Smith was killed.
Miller would not specify who shot Smith or how the baby sustained its fatal injuries. More details could be available as soon as Wednesday, he added.
Smith killed his ex-girlfriend, Christin Parker, 32, and her nephew, Brandon Parker, 26, at a residence in Baker late Monday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said. He then took off with the child.
Deputies said the shootings likely stemmed from a domestic incident. The agency said deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call about 11:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Richmond Street, just off Plank Road northwest of Baker.
Police in Mississippi found Smith's car that afternoon and pursued him on Interstate 10. Traffic cameras showed Smith leading officers on a low-speed chase through I-10's interchange with U.S. 49 north of Gulfport on Monday afternoon. The pursuit ended seven miles later, near the Woolmarket exit.
Television station WLOX in Biloxi reported Smith was holding his 4-month-old child while firing a gun at police while being chased.
The Biloxi Police Department is handling the investigation of the end of the chase at the request of local District Attorney Crosby Parker because the department was not involved in the shooting, Miller said.
"The Mississippi Highway Patrol, the county and the surrounding cities were involved in the shooting aspect, so we were asked to lead the investigation," Miller said.