Multiple officers were shot in Baton Rouge this morning, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
A spokesman for the Louisiana State Police, which is investigating the shooting, told The Washington Post that there were at least two officers and one suspect “down,” but added that it was unclear if the officers or the suspect had been confirmed killed.
William Daniel, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer, told the Advocate newspaper that two police officers involved in the shooting have died. Police told the paper that the incident is related to an active-shooter situation, but further details were not immediately available.
Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN that the number of officers killed may be as high as three and that the victims may include officers and sheriff’s deputies.
“There is still an active scene,” he said. “They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
Police said that the shooting began at approximately 9 a.m. and involved Baton Rouge Police Officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies. Multiple officers from both agencies were injured in the shooting and transported to local hospitals, police said.
The shooting occurred one mile from police headquarters and that the scene has been “contained,” but police are asking area residents to remain indoors and contact law enforcement if they see anything suspicious.
Cell phone video allegedly taken as the shooting unfolded and aired by CBS affiliate WAFB shows police vehicles descending on a gas station while gunfire echoes in the background.
In a phone interview just after noon with WAFB, Holden said he had spoken to officials from the White House, who offered to assist in any way possible.
“It’s touched, basically, people all across the country,” Holden said. “The phones have not stopped ringing.”
Holden could not confirm reports from various media outlets that as many as seven officers had been wounded, but said he hoped to be briefed by the police chief soon.
“In the word community is the word unity,” Holden said. “If this is not a defining moment for us, to bridge the divide and come out with a unified voice, than I don’t know what is.”