Baton Rouge shooting: Three US police officers shot dead; Barack Obama condemns attack

By: | Updated: July 18, 2016 12:59 AM

As many as three US police officers were killed and over 7 were injured when a man went on open firing using assault rifle near the Police Headquarter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today.

The southern city was the scene of a deadly encounter between a black man and white policemen, which the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating. Baton Rouge shooting: The southern city was the scene of a deadly encounter between a black man and white policemen, which the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating.

As many as three US police officers were killed and over 7 were injured when a man went on open firing using assault rifle near the Police Headquarter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today. Police said that they have killed the suspect but securing the are as they fear the presence of more suspects.

The motive of the the attack is not know yet. President Barack Obama has condemned the attack. In a statement released by the White House, Obama termed the assault as ‘cowardly and reprehensible’. Read full statement:

“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.  For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault.  These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.

I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department.  And make no mistake – justice will be done.

We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear:  there is no justification for violence against law enforcement.  None.  These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.  They right no wrongs.  They advance no causes.  The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.

Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen.  May God bless them all.”

The city has been witnessing clashes and encounters between a black man and white policemen and the matter is still under investingation of US Department of Justice. Earlier this month, five police officers were shot dead by a gunman in Dallas at a protest over the Baton Rouge killing.

Here are the updates: (All times are in Indian Standard)

11.55 pm: Dead suspect was wearing all black and a mask, said Police

11.25 pm: Injured people have been sent to hospital, some are said to be critical

10.45 pm: Cops hunt for two other suspects at large

10.30 pm: Police says only 3  Policemen injured, not 4

9.55 pm: Louisiana Sheriff said Scene is active and but contained.

9.45 pm: Police said suspect may have been killed, we are securing area as there may be more suspects

9.35 pm: Shooter neutralised, said Police

9.25 pm: CNN says at least 7 policemen were injured.

9.20 pm: Gunman who opened fire was spotted with assault rifle

9.10 pm: Police team reaches on the spot

9.00 pm: Man seen firing indiscriminately.

8.45 pm: Reports said that the shooting took place near the Police Headquarter.

8.30 pm: AFP said in a report that three police officers have been shot dead.

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