UPDATE: Three officers are dead, and three more wounded in Baton Rouge, according to the Associated Press. Fox News is reporting that federal agents are on the scene.
Three law enforcement officers were reportedly killed during a gun battle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this morning. As many as eight officers have been shot and the gunman is still at large. Officials say there could be more than one shooter.
“The scene seems to be contained right now,” said Sgt. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department. “We’re asking everyone to stay out of the area.”
Multiple agencies responded to the B Quick store on Airline Hwy shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Officials confirm that several Baton Rouge Police Officers were struck during gunfire.
“I do not have the extent of the injuries,” Sgt. Coppola explained. “We’re hearing that it may also include some deputies [with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office], but that’s preliminary information and I’m waiting on confirmation.”
The suspect(s) is/are still at large, the hospital is on lockdown, and people in the area have been told to stay indoors.
CNN reports that three officers have likely been killed:
A man with a gun opened fire on police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, injuring at least seven — including three who are feared dead, an official said.
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 man opened fire.
Investigators are still working to determine how many shooters were involved.
This comes in the wake of the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Fernando Castile in Minnesota, which spurred massive nationwide protests. The Baton Rouge Police Department has since seen credible threats against officers.