Three police officers were shot and killed by unknown gunmen in a reported shootout in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday 9July 17). Another three officers are reported wounded and being treated at nearby hospitals.
According to WBRZ.com, authorities have confirmed that one suspect is dead while two others remain at large.
Although there are many conflicting reports, a witness told WBRZ-TV that a man dressed like a ninja with his face covered was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash. When police approached, that’s when the gun battle erupted.
A press conference with law enforcement officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled for 3PM today.
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” read a statement from Edwards. “Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.”
This tragic news follows the shooting deaths of five police officers during a peace rally in Dallas, Texas, last week. The gunman, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, died during a standoff with police.
This is a developing story and we will update accordingly.