Authorities say there is no active shooter threat in Baton Rouge after multiple police officers were shot this morning
Authorities gave descriptions of the three officers who lost their lives when a shooter opened fire on cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sunday morning.
During a press conference, the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Police Department announced the three deceased officers included a 45-year-old officer from the EBRPD, a 41-year-old with just under a year of service and a 32-year-old with 10 years of service, both from BRPD
Among those injured are a 41-year-old male “fighting for his life,” a 51-year-old officer with non-life threatening injuries – both from EBRPD – and a 41-year-old with nine years of service from BRPD.
Authorities did not release the names of the victims but they did note that they were all men and all of the EBRPD officers were married and had families.
Col. Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent, confirmed there is not an active shooter scenario.
“We do believe based on the evidence that we have the person who shot and killed our officers was the person shot and killed on the scene,” he said.
He asked anyone who notices suspicious behavior to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Sunday morning before 9 a.m., cops received a call of “suspicious person” walking down Airline Highway with a gun, Edmonson said. The suspect opened fire when police arrived on the scene. The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office confirmed in an earlier press conference that one suspect had been shot and killed by police but that they believe there is more than one suspect involved.
Gov. John Bel Edwards also spoke at the afternoon press conference, saying: “The violence and the hatred just has to stop.”
“These men, risking their lives to protect and serve, were taken out the way they were,” Edwards said. “They are the real life, everyday heroes.”
“There simply is no place for more violence,” he continued. “We are not going to tolerate more hate and violence tearing apart the families and communities of Louisiana.”