Suspect in Saturday's officer-involved shooting dies

Suspect in Saturday's officer-involved shooting dies

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department says that the suspect in the officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning has died.

According to police, 22-year-old Calvin Smith died last night at a local hospital.

Smith was shot Saturday after police say he shot two Baton Rouge Police officers after a vehicle chase that ended on Fairfields Avenue.

The chase started just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday when one of the officers responded to a damage to property disturbance call in the 5600 block of Monet Drive. When the officer arrived at the scene, he and Smith got into a verbal exchange before Smith fled the scene in a 2013 Dodge Avenger. During the chase, a second officer arrived at the scene.

According to officials the chase ended when Smith pulled over the vehicle in front of his home in the 5600 block of Fairfields Ave. Smith then got out of the vehicle and shot at the officers using a large caliber semi-automatic assault rifle.

Both of the of the officers were shot but managed to return fire, hitting Smith.

Smith was taken to a local hospital where he was rushed into surgery. He was listed in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries Saturday night. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says he believes the shooting was justified after reviewing dashcam footage from the incident.

A relative of Smith stated that he had a history of mental illness and had been staying at a mental health facility in Shreveport until a week before Christmas before moving back to Baton Rouge. She also added that at one point he had attempted suicide.

One of the officers was released to his home, but one remains in the hospital as of Sunday afternoon.

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