Two police officers have been shot dead in Baton Rouge, La., and others may have been wounded, authorities said Sunday.
Two Baton Rouge police officers shot on Sunday morning have died, confirmed William Daniel, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer, according to The Advocate newspaper.
Two Baton Rouge police officers and one East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy are dead, according to WBRZ’s Michael Vinsanau.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed that several officers were shot by gunfire, the paper reported. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies may have also been among those shot, Coppola said.
Kip Holden, mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN that “three officers are feared dead.”
“They are investigating,” he said. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
Both lanes of Airline Highway are shut down from Goodwood Boulevard to Old Hammond Highway and from Old Hammond to Drusilla Drive, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. The scene is still active, Hicks told The Advocate.
About 20 police officers wearing bulletproof vests are near the scene and a helicopter was flying overhead, the paper reported.
The Baton Rouge mayor’s office urged urged people to stay home, stay off the streets for now in immediate wake of police shooting, according to The Advocate