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UPDATE: Suspect identified in death of 12-year-old during high speed chase

Family identifies young boy as Samuel Lee III, or "Sammy"

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) - Louisiana State Police has put a name to the face of the man accused of hitting and killing a 12-year-old boy Wednesday evening during a vehicle pursuit.

Authorities said the driver of the 2014 Ford F-150 that struck and killed 12-year-old Samuel Lee III has been identified as 32-year-old Joshual Hilton.

The affidavit for the incident states that Baton Rouge police were in an active, close pursuit of Hilton for felony drug charges and aggravated assault on officers while traveling west on Old Hammond Hwy approaching Gloria Dr. at a very high speed in a 45 mph-marked zone.

According to the affidavit, Lee was attempting to get out of the way of the oncoming pursuit, but was struck doing so.  Hilton stopped and surrendered shortly after.

According to Senior Trooper Bryan Lee, Louisiana State Police Public Information Officer,  troopers from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene of the officer involved shooting where preliminary investigation revealed that BRPD officers were conducting a criminal investigation.

Authorities said during the course of the investigation, an officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect fled the scene.

While fleeing the scene of the initial incident, the suspect’s vehicle struck Lee in the roadway near the intersection of Old Hammond Hwy. and Gloria Dr.  The suspect was taken into custody shortly after and was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

Lee was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The vehicle that Hilton was driving was confirmed stolen from Tulsa, Oklahoma in November of 2016.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A were called to the scene to investigate the death of the juvenile.

Hilton has since been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of manslaughter, reckless operation and possession of stolen things.



A 12-year-old boy has died after a reported police chase near Old Hammond Highway, according to authorities.

Initially the Baton Rouge Police Department was conducting a narcotics investigation.

During the course of the investigation, an officer involved shooting occurred and the suspect fled the scene.

Around 5:30 p.m., police began pursuing the vehicle. While fleeing the scene of the initial incident, the suspects vehicle struck the boy near Old Hammond Highway and Gloria Drive.

The juvenile was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the vehicle (suspect) was taken into custody shortly after and suffered non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured during the incident.

In response to the incident, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has released the following statement: 

We feel confident that the state police will investigate this incident fully as per our Memorandum Of Understanding. However, in the midst of the investigation, we feel we should acknowledge the tragedy in which a child lost his life as a result of the suspects actions. Our heart goes out to the family at this difficult time.

Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation.

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