At least three officers have been shot in Baton Rouge only a week after the deadly attacks in Dallas that left five officers dead and a dozen others wounded as protests have soured into violence over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of cops.
Baton Rouge officials confirm that seven officers have been shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — 3 have been killed and the other 4 are in critical condition at this time. Initial reports indicating that the attacker has been killed by police have been confirmed by local KTLA Channel 5 News.
The Mayor of East Baton Rouge cautioned that this is still an active shooter situation as there are some concerns that there is a second assailant still on the loose. The Mayor also said that they are still investigating the motive behind the attack.
“Right now, we are trying to get our arms around everything,” said Holden. “It’s just been on thing after another.”
The attacks come one week after the FBI issued a Situational Information Report (SIR) warning cops of a credible threat of a “police purge” in Baton Rouge. The advisory was dated for July 8 to 10, but additional warnings have been issued by the FBI that radical activists may be looking to target police with deadly force.
Baton Rouge has been ground zero for protests against police brutality by the activist group Black Lives Matter in the wake of the killing of Alton Sterling at the hands of local police. A bystander videotaped two cops holding Sterling down on the ground before one officer discharged his weapon several times at point blank range.
Less than 24-hours after the country was reeling from the unjust killing of Alton Sterling, a livestream video went viral on Facebook showing an innocent Philando Castile bleeding out after being shot by an officer while his girlfriend narrated the tape and his four year old daughter sat in the back seat of the car.