Hammond resident killed by intruder during shootout

A Hammond resident was killed in an exchange of gunfire with an intruder early Monday morning, authorities said.

Brandon Simms, 30, was awakened around 12:30 a.m. by the sound of his back door being kicked in at his home on Bailey Drive, just north of North Oaks Medical Center off U.S. 51, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said.

The intruder fled the residence in an unknown direction and has not yet been identified, Panepinto said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.