3 Police Officers killed and 3 wounded in Baton Rouge
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News July 17, 2016 Updated: 2:45 PM
A deadly shooting in Baton Rouge killed three police officers and wounded three more early Sunday morning, as tensions over policing remain high in cities across the nation.
President Obama condemned the attack, which came just 10 days after a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas — and 12 days after police in Baton Rouge fatally shot 37-year-old Alton Sterling while he was pinned to the ground. Police have said the officers, thought Sterling, was reaching for a gun in the July 5 shooting. Sterling’s funeral was Friday.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said there was no justification for Sunday's "cowardly and reprehensible" violence against law enforcement. “Regardless of motive, the death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day," Obama said.
The gunman, who was, killed at the scene, police said. But no motivation for the shootings was immediately been revealed. A law enforcement official identified the gunman as Gavin E. Long, 29.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards earlier suggested the attack may have involved more than one assailant, but Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of state police, told reporters, “We do believe that the person that shot and killed our officers — that he is the person who was shot and killed at the scene."
Police-community relations in Baton Rouge which “have always been difficult” one source says, continue since the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers July 5 after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on widely circulated cellphone video.
It was followed a day later by the shooting death of another black man in Minnesota Philando Castile, whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his death on Facebook. The next day, a gunman in Dallas opened fire on police at a peaceful protest about the police shootings, killing five officers.