At Least 7 Police Officers Shot in Baton Rouge
3 Dead, 1 in Critical Condition
At least 7 Police Officers have been shot in an ongoing shootout with police.
USA Today reports:
Three police officers have been fatally shot in Baton Rouge, La., and three others were wounded, according to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III said one gunman was shot dead, but two other suspects may be at large.
“At this point in time the scene is still active,” he said. “We are advising the public to please take an alternate route and steer clear of the area.”
Corporal L’Jean Mckneely Jr., spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, said officers secured the area around the suspect and sent a robot device in after the shooting, “making sure there aren’t any explosives in the area.”
“So we’re taking every precaution necessary to make sure that all our lives are safe,” he said.
Officers responding initially to a call did exchange gunfire with the suspect, who has not been identified, Mckneely said.
“There was no talking. There was shooting,” he said.
“We do know, and do believe there are more than one suspect. That’s why we’re alerting the community. We sending in the robot to see if there are any explosives in the area or any explosives on him,” said Corporal L’Jean McKneely, WAFB reported.
Two of the officers killed were from the Baton Rouge police, and the third was an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy, Baton Rouge Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel said, as cited by The Advocate.
Earlier reports had said up to eight police officers had been shot, at least two of them dead.
Two officers are still at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, with one of them being in fair condition while another is in a critical state, Reuters reported. The condition of the third policeman transported to the hospital remains unknown.