Less than a day after the fifth of five law enforcement officers murdered July 7 in Dallas was laid to rest, three officers have been killed and three more wounded in Baton Rouge. Reports by The Advocate, a local newspaper, two of those killed were Baton Rouge PD officers, and the third was an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy.
One suspect has been killed by police, but authorities are saying at least two more gunmen may still be at large. The attack happened just before 9 a.m., less than a mile from BRPD headquarters. CNN reports that it happened in a “rough area” that is “a known drug trafficking area. It is a location where police often go to grab coffee.”
USA Today reports, “Baton Rouge Police arrested a 12-year-old boy last week who they say was the fourth suspect in a plot to kill police. Police also arrested three suspects almost a week earlier.”
The attack happened two days after funeral services were held for Alton Sterling, killed July 5 by Baton Rouge police officers called to the scene by a homeless man angry that Sterling wouldn’t give him money.
Sterling’s funeral was held Friday in the 7,500-seat arena where Southern University plays basketball.