Last updated: March 19, 2018

Three police officers killed in Baton Rouge

Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 17, 2016A black veteran shot three police officers dead Sunday in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge, in a bloody act reminiscent of recent slayings in Dallas to avenge African Americans killed by law enforcement. The shooting, which also wounded three other officers, took place in a city scarred by racial tensions and protests against police brutality since the July 5 death of Alton Sterling, a black man shot at point-blank range by white police. Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told reporters the gunman behind the shooting — widely identified by US media as Gavin Long, 29 — was killed and there are no suspects at large.

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