Police guard the emergency room entrance of Our Lady Of The Lake Medical Center, where wounded officers were brought, in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. Multiple law enforcement officers were killed and wounded Sunday morning in a shooting near a gas station in Baton Rouge, less than two weeks after a black man was shot and killed by police here, sparking nightly protests across the city. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP)

3 officers shot dead in Baton Rouge, 3 others wounded

The shooting was the 4th high-profile deadly encounter in the U.S. involving police in the past two weeks


The Associated Press
July 17, 2016 11:12PM (UTC)

Three law enforcement officers were killed and three others wounded Sunday morning in a shooting at a gas station in Baton Rouge, less than two weeks after a black man was shot and killed by police here.

One suspect in the shooting was killed and authorities believe two others might still be at large, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The city was on high alert, officials said.

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The shooting was the fourth high-profile deadly encounter in the United States — and second in Baton Rouge — involving police over the past two weeks. The violence has left 12 people dead, including eight police officers, and sparked a national conversation over race and policing.

The races of the suspects and the officers in Sunday's shooting were not immediately known.

The shooting began just before 9 a.m., at a gas station on Airline Highway, less than 1 mile from police headquarters, police said. The slain shooter's body was next door, outside a fitness center. Police said they were using a specialized robot to check for explosives near the body.

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.

On Sunday afternoon, more than a dozen police cars with lights flashing were massed near a commercial area of car dealerships and chain restaurants on Airline Highway, not far from police headquarters. Police armed with long guns stopped at least two vehicles driving away from the scene and checked their trunks.

That area was about a quarter of a mile from a gas station where almost nightly protests had been taking place against the recent police shooting.

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Five law enforcement officers were rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Mendoza said. Of the two who survived the shooting, one was in critical condition and the other was in fair condition. Multiple police vehicles were station at the hospital and a police officer with a long gun was blocking the parking lot at the emergency room.

That area was about a quarter of a mile from a gas station where almost nightly protests had been taking place against the recent police shooting.

Five law enforcement officers were rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Mendoza said. Of the two who survived the shooting, one was in critical condition and the other was in fair condition. Multiple police vehicles were station at the hospital and a police officer with a long gun was blocking the parking lot at the emergency room.

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