3 Police Officers Killed In Baton Rouge
At least three police officers are dead and seven others are injured in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The shooting began around 8:45 am local time, according to ABC News. Police have reportedly killed one suspect and are searching for more.
Baton Rouge Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden called the incident an “ambush style attack,” and said police were responding to a call when they were attacked.
The mayor of Baton Rouge tells MSNBC three officers were killed in an ambush Sunday morning https://t.co/MOw9VZ6cXT
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 17, 2016
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement calling the shooting “an unspeakable and unjustified attack.”
Gov. Edwards also assured the public justice would be served.
“Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Edwards said.
President Obama issued a statement on the shootings, remarking, “There is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None.”
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) July 17, 2016
The shooting comes just days after the funeral of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who was fatally shot outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge. Video of Sterling’s death went viral, sparking waves of peaceful protests and calls for police reform.