Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff's office spokeswoman told the Associated Press on Sunday. AP reporting one suspect dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large. Mayor Kip Holden asked the city to come together in the wake of the tragedy. SOURCE: AP
Baton Rouge – Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers are confirmed deceased and at least 3 more officers injured in a shooting on Sunday morning. The Associated Press reported at least one suspect dead, with the possibility of two more suspects at large.
The shootings, that were reported to have taken the lives of two Baton Rouge Police Department officers and one East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. CDT.
President Obama released a statement in the aftermath of the shootings that occurred just weeks after an officer-involved shooting took the life of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black street merchant, stirring racial unrest within the city and triggering protests across the country.
I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop. – President Barack Obama
“I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done,” the President said.
Baton Rouge Police Department reached out to the community on social media asking for any information available regarding the morning’s tragic shootings.
We are actively investigating the situation from this morning’s shooting, more updates to come throughout the day. #BatonRouge
— City of Baton Rouge (@TheCityofBR) July 17, 2016