December 12, 2017
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3 Officers Killed Several wounded Baton Rouge, LA.

 

Just over a week ago, law enforcement in the U.S. suffered its worst day since 9/11 when Micah Johnson shot dead five police officers in Dallas. He had expressed anger over the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and wanted to kill as many white people as possible – especially police.

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That was just the beginning. Another attack on police was just reported, and it’s in Baton Rouge – the city in which Alton Sterling was killed.

“Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals,” the statement said.

           The shootings came after a month of violence and extraordinary tension, Five police officers were killed in Dallas on July 7 as protests erupted around the country following the deaths of two African-American men at the hands of police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.
The shooting happened early Sunday, less than 1 mile from police headquarters.

In a statement, Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana called the shooting “an unspeakable and unjustified attack.”

 “Rest assured,” he said, “every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”

Protests have been held along Airline Highway, which also runs in front of Police Headquarters, since the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 5. At about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the road was closed in both directions.

 Images and video posted to social media showed a large presence of police vehicles along the road.
Baton Rouge Police arrive at the scene on Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. At least three officers are confirmed dead and at least three others wounded after the shooting, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.  (AP Photo/Max Becherer) ORG XMIT: LAMB105
Baton Rouge Police arrive at the scene on Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. At least three officers are confirmed dead and at least three others wounded after the shooting, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) ORG XMIT: LAMB105
 Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola did not know the extent of the injuries or the precise number of officers injured.

He said that authorities believe the “scene is contained,” meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.

 A witness told WBRZ-TV, a man was dressed in black with his face covered was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza, according to Fox radio affiliate WJBO.

Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Another source (WWLTV) says that “at least three” officers were shot total.

This story is still developing, and thus the shooter and his motives are still unknown. However, given recent tensions, and the location of the shootings, it’s not difficult to guess.

[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter@MattPalumbo12]

 

 

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