Update: Three Police Officers Shot Dead After Ambush in Baton Rouge

Update: Three Police Officers Shot Dead After Ambush in Baton Rouge

Three more are injured, hunt for suspects is on.

Published July 17th

Two dispatch recordings have now been released of the shooting, shining light on how chaotic and terrifying the shooting was for those involved.

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While one suspect is down, Louisiana police are now searching for two possible suspects of Sunday's police-targeted shooting that are still at large.

President Barack Obama has already condemned the attack, saying, "For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible act."

Police are now asking for anyone to come forward if they have witnessed anything suspicious including individuals were all black, wearing army fatigues, holding any kind of firearms, or any other suspicious activity. Audio from police scanners have also been released.


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More tragedy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tensions are high in the city after three police officers are feared dead following a shooting in East Baton Rouge Parish, multiple news outlets are reporting. The city's mayor, Kip Holden, shared whatever details he has but stressed that an investigation is ongoing and not much can be confirmed at this point.

"The count is three officers dead possibly," Holden said, "There is still an active scene. They are investigating." He added, "Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything."


The shooter is believed to be down as well, Holden said. "Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything," he repeated.CNN reports that, according to sources, a total of seven officers were shot in an ambush on Sunday morning including the three now confirmed dead. The others are reportedly in critical condition. Police received a call of "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," and when cops arrived on the scene, the man opened fire.

Though not yet confirmed, the shootings are believed to be related to the death of Alton Sterling, a Baton Rouge resident, at the hands of police last week. In the aftermath of the shooting, which was caught on video, there have been several credible threats against officers in the city, according to the police department.

A week ago last Friday, five police officers were killed in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter protest.

This story is developing...

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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