Three Baton Rouge Police Officers Killed, Several Others Wounded

SWAT police arrived on the scene in Baton Rouge after three police officers were shot and killed Sunday. (July 17)

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CBS Affiliate WAFB reports local authorities responded to a shootout on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway around 9 a.m., While the details on the shooting are still scarce, it’s believed among several other officers have been wounded.

Baton Rouge Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed “multiple officers (were) struck by gunfire.”

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Baton Rouge has become a microcosm for the nation’s tension since the horrific killing of Alton Sterling July 5. Since then, protests and demonstrations have erupted with many demanding for police reform and accountability as Sterling, and Minneapolis’ Philando Castile become the latest victims adding of African-American men and women killed by police.

Coppola said the shooting happened near the B Quick store on Airline Highway and maintains the scene has since been contained.  “I do not have the extent of the injuries,” Coppola told WAFB. “We’re hearing that it may also include some deputies [with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office], but that’s preliminary information and I’m waiting on confirmation.”

The news of the fallen Baton Rouge officers comes on the heels of three young people who attempted to plot and kill officers from guns stolen from a pawn shop.