At least three officers are dead along with the suspected shooter, with another three officers injured after a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, less than a mile from the city’s police headquarters.
Officers and deputies from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office engaged in the shooting. Three officers from both departments were shot. Of the injured officers, one officer from the Baton Rouge Police Department is in stable condition, with the other two coming from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office: one of which was injured critically with the other one in stable condition.
Racially charged tensions has been high in Baton Rouge since the July 5 shooting of Alton Sterling.
“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. “For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2016
“I am deeply disturbed by today’s shooting in Baton Rouge,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said. “We will not tolerate brutal violence against law enforcement — the people who dedicate their lives to protect Americans.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 17, 2016