Louisiana cop shooting: 3 killed; gunman still at large

Louisiana cop shooting: 3 killed; gunman still at large
Louisiana cop shooting: 3 killed; gunman still at large

Three police officers have been killed and three others were wounded in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Several streets near the state capital’s police headquarters were placed on locked down as police hunt two gunmen.

The mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden told CNN: “There is still an active scene. They are investigating.

“Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.

“It’s just been one thing after another.”

The injured officers were taken to a local hospital, Sergeant Don Coppola says, adding he did not know the extent of their injuries.

While the scene of the shooting was contained, police have still not taken the shooter into custody and warned local residents to stay away from the scene.

The community is being advised to stay indoors.

Unconfirmed reports say the gunman has been shot and another is still on the loose.

Alton Sterling, 37, was pinned to the ground and shot in the chest outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

His death sparked angry protests, with crowds gathering at the scene of the incident chanting “black lives matter”.

The father-of-five’s funeral took place on Friday.

Earlier this month, a gunman in Dallas fatally shot five police officers at a protest over the Baton Rouge killing and a separate police shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, compares the city’s mostly white police department to “an occupying force” when its officers go into black neighborhoods.

In Baton Rouge, minorities are “very wary of police and often afraid of them,” says Michele Fournet, a veteran criminal defense lawyer there.

At Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where the injured officers were taken, said the flag outside was at half staff.