Two Baton Rouge Police officers and one East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy are dead following a Sunday morning shooting on Airline Highway.
Another three officers have been reported wounded, but the extent of those injuries has yet to be made available.
Authorities have confirmed that one suspect is dead while two others remain at large. Law enforcement encouraged any citizens who see anything suspicious to contact police as soon as possible. Residents were encouraged to stay indoors until the remaining suspects are in custody.
A witness told WBRZ News 2, a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Shots were fired around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The exact location of the business where the shooting took place has yet to be released.
State Police, SWAT, BRPD and EBRSO repsonded to contain the area, shutting down Airline Highway from Goodwood to Old Hammond and from Old Hammond to Drusilla Drive. As of noon, BRPD were still on the scene near the B-Quik gas station near the intersection of Airline Highway and Old Hammond. They described the scene as active but contained. One of the suspects is dead in that area. Police sent a robot into the store to check for explosives.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a 3 p.m. news conference to discuss security. Check back on WBRZ.com and on our Facebook page for livestreams of the event. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting, and the White House has been in contact with Baton Rouge officials at several points throughout the morning.
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