July 17, 2016 6:19 pm -

Three officers are dead.

— One suspect is dead, and two others may be at large
— Police are looking for anyone wearing army fatigues, all black or possibly a mask

Seven officers have been wounded.

Police received a call of “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” the source said. When police arrived, the man opened fire.

The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said.

The search is on for those responsible.

Kip Holden, mayor of East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN that “three officers are feared dead.”

A witness told WBRZ-TV that a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12.


WAFB-TV reported officers were shot along Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway, but didn’t specify the number of police.

Michael Vinsanau of WBRZ tweeted that more than a dozen marked and unmarked police cars have sped to the scene, and that a SWAT team is on location. State police armed with rifles are posted blocks away, Vinsanau tweeted.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.