BLOG: 3 police officers killed in Baton Rouge, 3 others injured

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WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

— A man with a gun opened fire on officers

— Six officers were shot

— Three officers have been confirmed dead

— 1 suspect is dead

Developing story – more to come

Below is an archived blog of our reporting of the events on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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FULL STORY

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.
The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said.
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. 

The shooting took place around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET). The situation was contained by noon, the sheriff’s office said.
Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said the shooter is believed to be down as well — but authorities didn’t offer details.
“Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything,” Holden said.
Since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police earlier this month, the department has worried about credible threats against officers.
It’s been an emotionally charged few days across the country because of the protests stemming from the Alton Sterling shooting, and the ambush on Dallas police officers where a sniper killed five officers.
“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.

Holden said Sunday authorities were still trying to get a handle on the situation, but added, “The count is three officers dead possibly.”
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” he said. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
Earlier, Holden had said the shooter is believed to be down as well. But a source told CNN it’s an “active working scene.”

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BREAKING UPDATE:

Six law enforcement officers were shot in Baton Rouge — three are dead and three others are injured,” Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola told CNN. No motive has been identified at this time.

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(CNN) – LATEST UPDATE

— One suspect is dead, and two others may be at
large in the Baton Rouge shooting, the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s office said.

— Six law enforcement officers were shot — three
are dead and three others are injured, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman
Sgt. Don Coppola told CNN.

— No motive has been identified at this time. 

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FULL STORY

Three officers were killed and three others wounded in a shooting in Baton Rouge that officials think was 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.
Authorities are hunting for one or several people wearing all black or possibly army fatigues, said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L.J. McKneely. 
“If they are wearing army fatigues; if they are wearing all black; if they are wearing a mask; if they are wearing anything that’s out there, please, give us a call,” he said. 
The shooting took place around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) in the city of about 230,000 people. 
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. 
It’s been an emotionally charged few days across the country because of the protests stemming from the Alton Sterling shooting, and the ambush on Dallas police officers where a sniper killed five officers. 
“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.
Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said “everything is moving fast.”
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” he said. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”

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FULL STORY

In a city already tense following a high-profile
police shooting of an African-American man, three Baton Rouge police officers
were killed and three others wounded Sunday. Officials think the attack on the
officers is the work of multiple gunmen.

Police received a call of a “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.

One of the suspects is dead. Authorities believe two others may be at
large.

“If they are wearing army fatigues; if they are wearing all black; if they
are wearing a mask; if they are wearing anything that’s out there, please, give
us a call,” said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L.J. McKneely.

The shooting took place around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) in the city of about
230,000 people.

Since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police earlier this
month, the department has worried about credible threats against officers.

It’s been an emotionally charged few days across
the country because of the protests stemming from the Alton Sterling shooting,
and the ambush on Dallas police officers where a sniper killed five officers.

“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.

Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said “everything
is moving fast.”

“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” he said. “Right now
we are trying to get our arms around everything.”

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FULL STORY

(CNN) – In a city already tense following a high-profile police shooting of an African-American man, three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others wounded Sunday. Officials think the attack on the officers is the work of multiple gunmen. 

Police received a call of a “suspicious person walking down with an assault rifle,” a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the shooting began. 
One of the suspects is dead. Authorities believe two others may be at large.
“If they are wearing army fatigues; if they are wearing all black; if they are wearing a mask; if they are wearing anything that’s out there, please, give us a call,” said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L.J. McKneely. 
The shooting took place around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) in the city of about 230,000 people.
“There was no talking, just shooting,” McKneely said.

By noon, authorities had secured the scene and were making sure there weren’t any explosives left behind. 
“After that, we’re going to gather as much information as we can and work this case as best as we can to find all individuals that were involved in this,” McKneely said. 
“Somebody might have seen something suspicious; may know of guys plotting to do this. That’s why we’re reaching out to the community.”
Since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police earlier this month, the department has worried about credible threats against officers. 
It’s been an emotionally charged few days across the country because of the protests stemming from the Alton Sterling shooting, and the ambush on Dallas police officers where a sniper killed five officers. 
“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.
Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said “everything is moving fast.”
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” he said. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”

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AP — The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has asked to be updated throughout the day as more details become available.

The White House has
been in contact with local officials in Baton Rouge and offered any assistance necessary.

Obama spent most of last week focused on trying to reduce tensions and helping build trust between police and the communities they serve.

Obama attended a memorial service for five Dallas police officers last
week and also led a nearly four-hour meeting featuring dozens of leaders from police organizations, community activists and elected officials.

He also spoke by telephone to the families of two black men shot in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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AP — The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has asked to be updated throughout the day as more details become available.

The White House has been in contact with local officials in Baton Rouge and offered any assistance necessary.

Obama spent most of last week focused on trying to reduce tensions and helping build trust between police and the communities they serve.

Obama attended a memorial service for five Dallas police officers last
week and also led a nearly four-hour meeting featuring dozens of leaders from police organizations, community activists and elected officials.

He also spoke by telephone to the families of two black men shot in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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AP — Police in Louisiana say they are using a specialized robot to check for explosives near the body of a suspect who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge early Sunday. 

The suspect is believed to have been involved in the shooting of law enforcement officers in the Louisiana city early Sunday. Three officers are dead and three are hospitalized with injuries. The shooting occurred less than 1 mile from police headquarters. 
Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. says authorities do not have an immediate indication that explosives are present. 

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AP — Police in Baton Rouge say a gas station not far from police headquarters is where three law enforcement officers were shot to death early Sunday. One suspect was also shot and killed. 

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. says the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. 
He says the suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center. 

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(CNN) — The dead suspect in the Baton Rouge shooting was wearing all black and was wearing a mask, Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. Don Coppola said. Coppola said he did not know what the mask looked like, but that it was “some type of mask to conceal (the shooter’s) identity.” 

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama condemned the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that left three law enforcement officers dead and at least three others wounded.

“There is no justification for violence against law enforcement,” Obama said. “None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.”

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AP — Police say there is no active shooter in Baton Rouge where three police officers were killed Sunday morning. 

Col. Mike Edmonson told media, “We believe that the person who shot and killed our officers that he was the person that was shot and killed at the scene.”

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(CNN) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called the deadly shooting of three law enforcement officers on Sunday in Baton Rouge an “absolutely unspeakable heinous attack.”

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“Once again we are troubled and heartbroken to hear of yet another act of senseless violence in our nation. Alabama joins the nation in praying for the men and women in law enforcement who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect all of us. Our nation must find our way to unity once again, even in the midst of so much division, violence and anger. We cannot rely on any one person to fix what is broken. We, the people are all a part of one nation under God, where there is liberty and justice for all.” — Governor Robert Bentley

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(CNN) — In the aftermath of the deadly shooting on Sunday in Baton Rouge that left three officers dead and three others wounded, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “We have to do better” and that the community is “hurting.” “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” he said. “There simply is no place for more violence.”

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CBS News sources say that the suspect has been identified as a man named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. Apparently attacked police on his birthday.  

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According to the Media Relations department at the University of Alabama, Gavin Eugene Long was a student at the university for one semester in the Spring semester of 2012. He made the Dean’s list that semester. The school says UAPD did not have any interaction with him while he was a student at The University of Alabama.