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District Attorney Hillar Moore held a news conference at 2 p.m. to release the findings of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the suspect's death.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Calvin Smith, 22, was shot on February 13 after he allegedly shot two BRPD officers following a vehicle chase that ended on Fairfields Avenue. Smith died later that night.
Investigators said the chase started just after 5:30 a.m. when one of the officers responded to a damage to property disturbance call on Monet Drive. District Attorney Moore says Smith made threats towards his ex-girlfriend's family and was later seen hitting the family's car with a baseball bat and slashing tires. Investigators added when the officer arrived at the scene, he and Smith got into an argument and then Smith drove off in a 2013 Dodge Avenger. According to reports, a second officer arrived at the scene during the chase.
According to officials, the chase ended when Smith pulled over in front of his home on Fairfields Avenue. Officials added Smith got out of the car and fired a semi-automatic AR-15 at the officers. The gun used by Smith was reported stolen after a 2007 car burglary.
Reports stated both of the officers were shot, but managed to return fire, hitting Smith. Both officers survived the shooting. "I have no idea how these officers survived this firefight," said Moore, mentioning that one of the officers was struck in the head during the gun battle, which lasted about 20 seconds.
Smith was taken to the hospital where he was rushed into surgery. He was initially listed in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries.
One of Smith's relatives stated he had a history of mental illness, expounded by recent deaths in his family, and had been staying at a mental health facility in Shreveport until moving back to Baton Rouge just before Christmas. She added he had attempted suicide at one point.
District Attorney Moore said Smith's family saw the videos for the first time Monday, adding "The person firing at these officers was not the child they raised, and is in no way the child they knew." The family apologized to the officers, and said they would like to bring awareness to mental health issues in the future.