“To me, this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people…if we don’t do that, and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.” Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III EBRSO
Officers responded to a call at 08h40, placed to BRPD central dispatch, of a “guy walking” in the area with a rifle.
Total of 6 officers struck during the exchange, 3 from BRPD and 3 from EBRSO.
2 Officers from BRPD were killed. 1 Deputy from EBRSO was killed.
1 Deputy has just been released from surgery and is in critical condition. 2 additional officers suffered non life-threatening wounds.
Officers ranged in experience from 1 year on to 10 or more.
All officers were married and leave families behind.
LSP believes the murderer to be the suspect who was killed on scene, but later speakers used plural terms so the murderer may not have acted alone.
The US Attorney’s office has pledged all Federal support necessary.
The Louisiana Sheriffs Association Task Force has been activated to assure continued LE service in the area.
The investigation is active. It is not an active shooter situation.
Agents from the ATF, FBI, and USMS are assisting.
There will be another news conference at 13h00L.
Around the same time as we were publishing the article about the so-called “murder” of Alton Sterling earlier, someone or several someones was engaging Baton Rouge PD officers with gunfire. Initial reports are, as with any such events, unclear, but it appears that at least six officers and/or sheriff’s deputies are down. Most reports indicate three officers are dead and more are wounded. We have no more information than that. The LEOs are likely from either the Baton Rouge Police Department or East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s department, but area agencies (Louisiana State Police, Louisiana State University Campus Police, etc.) could be involved.
You can scan local LE agencies online here, though traffic is extremely limited on that specific frequency.
The shooting apparently occurred within a mile or so of BRPD headquarters. Louisiana State Police and BRPD will advise further when it becomes available. The attack occurred just a few hours after a Milwaukee police officer in his patrol car was shot multiple times by a suspect who later killed himself.
As official notifications are made we’ll update this page.
If you’re out there On The Job, be safe, stay dangerous. Dallas might have been the first and this the second such attack, but it won’t be the last one.
The Baton Rouge Police Department website is online here. You can follow them on Facebook here. EBRSO is online here, on Facebook here. The City of Baton Rouge is providing updates via its Facebook page here.
Update 11h55 BRPD spokesman advises 3 officers dead, 3 officers injured.
Update 12h02CST Sheriff’s Office spokesman advises one suspect was killed, additional suspects are at large, EOD robot is being used to check the body of the dead suspect for explosives.
From the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office at approximately 11:30
Three law enforcement are confirmed dead, three others injured. One suspect is dead, law enforcement believes two others may be at large. Asking the public if they see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately.
At approximately 9:00 this morning Baton Rouge Police officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting incident on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway. Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
Please be advised Airline Highway both lanes is currently shut down from Goodwood to Old Hammond. Old Hammond is closed to Tara Boulevard. At this point in time the scene is still active. We are advising the public to please take an alternate route and steer clear of the area. Those in the area are asked to remain indoors and contact law enforcement immediately if they see anything suspicious.
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