A grand jury in Harrison County Mississippi decided not to press charges on the officers that opened fire on Eric Smith while knowing that 3-month-old La’Mello Parker was in the car.
Police say that this all started when Eric Derrell Smith killed La’Mello’s mother in Louisiana and took off with his son on May 3, 2021. Police chased him to Mississippi and then stopped him with a spike strip near Biloxi. Insider says that a bystander video shows the moment the car came to a stop, and officers circled the vehicle with guns drawn. Just seconds later, the sound of multiple rounds being fired could be heard. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while La’Mello died at a hospital the following day.
Lashunda Parker, one of La’Mello Parker’s relatives is upset with the grand jury’s decision. She told Insider that she doesn’t think that La’Mello received justice and that the officers “got off easy,” she went on to say that it is “heartbreaking that no one will be held responsible for the death of her cousin, La’Mello Parker,” and that “she’s never received an apology from law enforcement” over her 3-month-old cousin being killed.
The grand jury report states that a deputy was in the line of fire when “Smith rolled down his driver side window, extended a handgun from the window, and fired in the direction of the deputy and others. Smith’s bullet hit a nearby patrol unit. At this point, multiple law enforcement officers returned fire simultaneously, resulting in Smith being shot three times by law enforcement and La’Mello Parker being shot one time by law enforcement”.
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