Three officers were killed and three others wounded in a shooting in Baton Rouge that officials think were carried out by multiple gunmen.
Police received a call of “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the shooting began.
Three officers died; the other were hospitalized in critical condition, a source told CNN.
The victims were from Baton Rouge Police Department as well as East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, another official said.
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
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The shooting took place around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET).
One of the suspects is dead. Authorities believes two others may be at large.
Since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police earlier this month, the department has worried about credible threats against officers.