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6 Officers Shot, 3 Killed in Baton Rouge

UPDATE 3:05 P.M. : Republican Donald Trump is blaming a “lack of leadership” for Sunday’s shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Trump says in a statement posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages that “We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today.”

Three officers are dead and three others wounded after the shooting less than one mile from local police headquarters.

Trump is placing the blame on a lack of leadership and is demanding “law and order.”

He asks, “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”

The violence comes less than a month after a pair of police shootings prompted the assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

Original Story:

Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement that the public should call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious.

The shooting – which happened just before 9 a.m., less than 1 mile from police headquarters – comes amid spiraling tensions across the city – and the country – between the black community and police. The races of the suspect or suspects and the officers were not immediately known.

According to some reports, one suspect is as young as 12. Baton Rouge Mayor, Kip Holden, police believe two suspects are on the run. He described the heinous attacks as an ambush, with shots coming from multiple directions.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola told The Associated Press earlier that the officers were rushed to a local hospital. Coppola said authorities are asking people to stay away from the area.

Multiple police units were stationed at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where stricken officers were believed to be undergoing treatment at a trauma center. A police officer with a long gun was blocking the parking lot at the emergency room.

Spokeswoman Ashley Mendoza said the hospital received five patients from the police shooting, all “law enforcement professionals.” Of the two who survived the shooting, one is in critical condition and the other is in fair condition.

Officers and deputies from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office were involved, according to Hicks.

Gov. John Bel Edwards asked the public to pray for the officers involved nad 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.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw police vehicles with lights flashing massed about a half mile from the police headquarters on Airline Highway. Police armed with long guns on the road stopped at least two vehicles driving away from the scene and checked their trunks and vehicles before allowing them to drive away.

Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since the killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers earlier this month after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet.

It was followed a day later by the shooting death of another black man in Minnesota, whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his death on Facebook. Then on Thursday, a black gunman in Dallas opened fire on police at a protest about the police shootings, killing five officers and heightening tensions even further.

Over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Baton Rouge to condemn Sterling’s death, including hundreds of demonstrators who congregated outside the police station. Authorities arrested about 200 people over the three-day weekend.

Michelle Rogers, 56, said the pastor at her church had led prayers Sunday for Sterling’s family and police officers, asking members of the congregation to stand up if they knew an officer.

Rogers said an officer in the congregation hastily left the church near the end of the service, and a pastor announced that “something had happened.”

“But he didn’t say what. Then we started getting texts about officers down,” she said.

Rogers and her husband drove near the scene, but were blocked at an intersection closed down by police.

“I can’t explain what brought us here,” she said. “We just said a prayer in the car for the families.”

More as it develops…

Source: AP

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6 replies on “6 Officers Shot, 3 Killed in Baton Rouge”

Unfortunately I personally believe it’s too late to turn the situation around peacefully. At one time the cops could’ve just walked away and left the neighborhoods to themselves and not answer any 911 calls in fact do not even enter those portions of the community.

It wouldn’t take more than a couple of days in the same people that are supporting black lives matter would be on their hands and knees begging the police to come back. The police is all that stands between these racist bigots and the rest of America.

Everything is proceeding on course three or more of these things happen and the people are going to demand that they have protection and that the police cannot protect them because they can’t even protect themselves. That will light the fires that will basically bring down the government and destroy our country.

All it takes is one request to the federal government to come in and take over the policing of an area and that will instigate martial law. Local county and state police will no longer be needed and will be eliminated. Our courts will be shut down, Congress will be put on a permanent leave of absence.

At this point Obama will implement his grand plan to totally destroy the United States of America and rebuild it in his image. There’s only one thing standing in his way and he is working at this time to remove that roadblock. The only thing that’s stopping him is the Second Amendment that allows the American citizens the right to keep and bear arms and it also gives them the right to defend their nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

Obama is on the move and things are getting very very touchy because he’s going to have to make his move before January at the latest and possibly even before this election in November. Either way the odds of a president being sworn in in January is iffy at best.

this can be stopped if our great president obama would stand up and say this has to stop now BLM will stop now if not every one who marches will be arrested if they do they will loose there welfare checks,food stamps,cell phones and any other aid.it would stop now but he wants americans to riot one sorry SOB

When you strap on a gun and go out in public, Law enforcement agent or civilian, YOU become a target. This should be a warning for ALL Open Cary advocates. Remember the words of an old Jonny Cash song “Jonny, don’t take your gun to town.” You are tempting fate and increase your likelihood to end in the same way. At least think about those who will be near you in public. They become targets as well.

His name was ‘Bill’. “Don’t take your gun to town Bill, leave your gun at home son, don’t take your gun to town.”

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