Authorities in Louisiana say three law enforcement officers were fatally shot Sunday morning, and three injured in Baton Rouge. One suspect is dead and a manhunt is now underway for two other possible suspects.
A witness told WBRZ News that they saw a man, dressed in black and with his face covered, shooting near a car wash around 9 a.m.
Attempts to reach police for comment were not immediately successful.
The shooting follows a similar tragedy in Dallas less than two weeks ago. On July 7, lone gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran, shot and killed five police officers and injured seven others as a Black Lives Matter protest was winding down. He had no association with the group.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards condemned Sunday’s shooting in a statement. “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” he said. “Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”
Authorities in Baton Rouge last week thwarted a planned attack on police officers days after the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by police in an encounter that was largely captured on video and raised widespread concerns about the officers’ actions