Two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy were killed near the police department’s headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this morning in a shooting that local authorities still consider “active.” One shooter is dead and the sheriff’s office believes two others may be at large, according to the local newspaper The Advocate.
CNN reports that a total of seven officers were shot. The situation began when police responded to alerts that a man with an assault rifle was walking down a highway. When officers arrived, the gunman reportedly fired on themindiscriminately.
A man who lives near the scene told the New York Times he heard nearly a dozen gunshots ring out sometime between 9 and 9:30 am in Louisiana. At 10 am, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer told The Advocate that two Baton Rouge police officers were dead. An hour later, he confirmed that a third officer, a sheriff’s deputy, had also died.
Baton Rouge has been the site of heated protests, with hundreds of arrests, since local resident Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police on July 5.