UPDATE 2: WAFB is reporting two officers dead and “at least five others injured.”
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 and East Baton Rouge Parish Deputies were struck during gunfire.
Investigators are working to determine how many shooters were possibly involved.
UPDATE: This sounds like much more than someone “shooting indiscriminately” as the original report indicated.
Two police officers have been shot dead in Baton Rouge, La., and others may have been wounded, authorities said Sunday.
Two Baton Rouge police officers shot on Sunday morning have died, confirmed William Daniel, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer, according to The Advocate newspaper.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed that several officers were shot by gunfire, the paper reported. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies may have also been among those shot, Coppola said.
“Three officers were shot at about 9 a.m. and police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12, according to WBRZ-TV. WAFB-TV reported officers were shot along Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway, but didn’t specify the number of police.”
Baton Rouge was where two officers struggled with an shot Alton Sterling earlier this month. There’s no indication of any connection so far. A manhunt is on for what WBRZ-TV describes as “a man was dressed in black with his face covered” who was “shooting indiscriminately.” Watch this space.