This is a developing story and we will continue to update this post as more emerges about this morning’s ambush attack on Baton Rouge, Louisiana police offficers. Stay with us for the latest developments.
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UPDATE 1:46PM EST: Police now say there are three officers dead and four officers wounded in the unprovoked attack.
UPDATE 1:43 PM EST: Officials say one suspect is dead while two others are on the loose. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in tracking the suspects down.
UPDATE 1:41 PM EST: More video and audio of the attack have already emerged, as reported by CNN.
— CNN (@CNN) July 17, 2016
UPDATE 1:36PM EST: A man on his way to church heard the gunshots and began recording this video.
There’s more chaos in Baton Rouge. Six police officers have been shot, and three killed on Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of heated protests over the controversial shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.
Three officers are dead, three more are wounded and one suspect is dead, killed in a gun battle with police. There are reports of two other suspects who are unaccounted for at this time.
The shooting began before 9 a.m., less than 1 mile from Baton Rogue police headquarters. A police robot was brought in to ensure there were no explosives on the dead suspect or in the vicinity.
Witnesses said a man dressed in black with his face covered with a mask had been shooting at random—an obvious attempt to draw in police, who responded and found themselves ambushed.
Five of the wounded officers were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. An armed officer guarded the entrance of the E.R.
Gov. John Bel Edwards asked the public to pray for the officers involved a their families.
“Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Edwards said in a statement.
— Michael Vinsanau (@MVinsanau) July 17, 2016
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the attacks “an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing.
“Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.
“For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families and details continue to unfold.”
— Gov John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) July 17, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has already weighed in as well, saying:
We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.