BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department released new details Monday about Saturday's shootout that sent two police officers to the hospital and neighbors who saw the violence unfold are sharing what they witnessed.
Shareka Dunbar said she was ripped from her bed Saturday morning at the sound of gun fire and breaking glass.
"I was traumatized, I was scared. Bullets flying anywhere," Dunbar said.
A stray bullet from a shootout between Baton Rouge Police and a suspect had flown through her window, just a few feet from where she and her infant were sleeping.
"I just jumped up and snatched my baby and went in the room for my son," said Dunbar.
A second bullet also struck her car. Now, Dunbar said she's had little help wading through the process of making insurance claims for property damage caused by an incident she had no connection to. She said her 12-year-old son is frightened to sleep at the house.
According to the initial report from Baton Rouge Police obtained by 9News, the ordeal began on Monet Drive when police responded to a disturbance call around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. The report said a woman called police to report that her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Calvin Smith, damaged her vehicle.
Officers said they spotted Smith driving nearby and pursued him when he refused to stop. The report said Smith led police back to a house on Fairfields Avenue.
It was there investigators say Smith got out of his car with an AR-15 rifle and started shooting at police. Two uniformed officers, Theodore Smith III and Sean Garic, were hit. Investigators say they returned fire and injured the suspect.
According to the report, other officers at the scene helped their wounded colleagues and took them to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. EMS transported Calvin Smith to the hospital where he later died.
The police report also detail's Smith's criminal history which includes possession of drugs, illegal carrying of a weapon, sexual battery, and cruelty to juveniles.
According to Baton Rouge Police, Officer Smith was hired in August 2011 and Officer Garic was hired in February 2013. Both are patrol officers and both have since been released from the hospital.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood where the shooting took place is living with the rippling impact of violent crime, labeled bullet holes that serve as reminders of just how close that violence came.
"A bullet don't have a name on it and it could have been anybody," said Dunbar.