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‘Officers Down’: Cops Shot in Baton Rouge

A man “dressed in black with his face covered” has shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Authorities now say he was one of three assailants.

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• Gunman opened fire close to Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters
• Three officers slain, three in critical condition
• One suspect is dead, described as a “black male with body armor,” wearing black fatigues and firing a semi-automatic rifle
• The attack comes two days after the funeral of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by police during an arrest
• Two Fridays ago in Dallas, a black militant named Micah X. Johnson shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven
• Donald Trump: Nation’s divisions are hurting national security efforts
• Hillary Clinton takes cautious tone… seven hours after the attack

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READ: BACKGROUND COVERAGE FROM BREITBART — LOUISIANA’S BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS:

• Media Blackout: Letter from a Black Man in Baton Rouge
• Lee Stranahan: My Weekend Incarceration in a Baton Rouge Prison
• EXCLUSIVE: New Black Panther Party Joining Baton Rouge Protests

Read live-wire updates from Breitbart News here. All times EDT.

 

Sheriff Clarke: Black Lives Matter’s Hateful Anti-Cop Sentiment Fueling Rage Against American Police Officers:

Update 11:20 pm ET: Fireworks on CNN as Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke tells Don Lemon that the “anti-cop sentiment” from “this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer.” Sheriff Clarke says he predicted all of this two years ago. A stunned Lemon wants none of it and essentially calls a 20-second time out and goes to commercial.

When they return, Clarke denounces Black Lives Matter agitators for preaching “vile and vitriol in the name of virtue” and says there is only one group in America that truly cares about the lives of black people in urban ghettos–police officers. Clarke says the American police officer is the one who goes out there on a daily basis to protect the lives of black people.

Update 10:15 pm ET: Baton Rouge police officer receives note of appreciation:

Update 10:00pm ET: Louisiana Governor’s mansion lit in blue to honor the slain police officers:

 

Update 9:35pm ET: Scene at Lady of the Lake Hospital:

Update 9:20pm ET: Louisiana Governor’s mansion lit in blue tonight: 

Update 9:10pm ET: Chilling audio.

Update 9:00 pm ET: Shooter claims he was ex-Nation of Islam member. Some social media postings from the Baton Rouge shooter. He also wanted his people to stand up so his “people dont become the Native Americans…EXTINCT.” Shooter also declared that, “I also was a Nation of Islam member.” But in his videos he posted online, he said, “Don’t affiliate me with it. Don’t affiliate me with anything.”

 

 

 

UPDATE 8:46pm ET: Sister of slain police officer says it’s coming to a point where “no lives matter.”

Montrell Jackson’s brother speaks to NPR about his devastating loss.

UPDATE 8:40pm ET: There was reportedly a standoff at the home of the Baton Rouge shooter:

UPDATE 8:39pm ET: A moment of silence before tonight’s Yankees-Red Sox game.

 

UPDATE 8:18pm ET: LSU Coach Les Miles issues statement:

UPDATE 8:10pm ET: There are reportedly some protests going on near the scene of the crime.

UPDATE 8:05pm ET: Baton Rouge shooter reportedly attended the University of Alabama:

UPDATE 7:57pm ET: Officer Brad Garafola leaves behind a wife and four children:

UPDATE 7:55pm ET:  Baton Rouge Police asking public for any tips on today’s shootings:

UPDATE 7:45pm ET: LSU Head Coach Les Miles won’t participate in ESPN’s Car Wash event tomorrow due to the Baton Rouge shootings:

 

UPDATE 7:25pm ET: Law enforcement officers still investigating the scene of the crime:

Plenty of food and beverages have been brought to the Baton Rouge Police Department this afternoon:

UPDATE 7:17pm ET: Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said in an interview with CNN that it seems like these shooters are aiming for the heads of officers because they are aware of their body armor. He suggest police departments may need to more equipment to protect the heads of officers.

UPDATE 7:10pm ET: Law enforcement has reportedly confirmed the Baton Rouge shooter’s pseudonym:

UPDATE 7:05pm ET: The mother of Alton Sterling’s son issues a statement:

UPDATE 7:00pm ET: Slain police officer Montrell Jackson posted this gut-wrenching post on Facebook 10 days ago:

UPDATE 6:55pm ET: Police on scene where shooting suspect may have lived:

UPDATE 6:49pm ET: Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says on CNN that “all lives matter” and it seemed like things were calming down the last couple of days. He says he has contacts who are briefing him on the matter, but he will not reveal anything that has not been made public yet. He asks viewers to pray for the impacted families. Jindal says he was in the area on Sunday and saw officers rush to the shooting.

UPDATE 6:45pm ET: A website seems to have been registered in April under the name of Gavin E Long:

 

UPDATE 6:27pm ET: Police gathering at address listed for Long.

UPDATE 5:58pm ET: Biographical information trickling out.

UPDATE 5:43pm ET: Both Obama and Hillary overly cautious.

UPDATE 5:41pm ET: Former Marine.

UPDATE 5:39pm ET:

UPDATE 5:35pm ET: Photo of 2nd identified officer.

UPDATE 5:33pm ET: CBS reports today was Long’s birthday.

UPDATE 5:26pm ET: Another slain officer named.

UPDATE 5:24pm ET: Trump slightly tweaks earlier tweet on country’s divisions.

UPDATE 5:22pm ET: Early info from Heavy.com is scant on Gavin Long, the man named as the killer. So far, a Dean’s List hit and a 2011 divorce.

UPDATE 5:17pm ET: Clinton statement stresses unity — no lecturing whites as a whole like Dallas. That response must have tested very poorly.

UPDATE 5:13pm ET: FINALLY! (7+ hours after the incident)

UPDATE 5:10pm ET: No questions for POTUS.

UPDATE 5:09pm ET: 

UPDATE 5:04pm ET: Obama 30 minutes late on press conference about Baton Rouge. Still has the jump on Hillary.

UPDATE 5:03pm ET: Conflicting ages released on dead suspect:

UPDATE 5:02pm ET: Photo of slain officer.

UPDATE 4:59pm ET: From the Wall Street Journal:

A person briefed on the investigation said that suspect was from Missouri and was affiliated with an antigovernment group called the New Freedom Group.

Two others detained for questioning in the shooting were captured across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, the person briefed on the investigation said.

At least one of the officers who was killed is black, as is the suspect who was killed, according to a person briefed by law enforcement Sunday. Two other suspects whom police are seeking were believed to be wearing all-black military fatigues at the time of the shooting, this person said.

UPDATE 4:43pm ET: Jokes pouring in that Hillary Clinton hasn’t yet focus-grouped a response to today’s news:

UPDATE 4:40pm ET: Statement from Mike Pence:

UPDATE 4:38pm ET: Name of deceased suspect released: “Sources told CBS News the suspect has been identified as Gavin Eugene Long, a 19-year-old black man.”

UPDATE 4:18pm ET: Governor John Bel Edwards speaks:

UPDATE 4:13pm ET: Details on victims.

UPDATE 4:12pm ET: Authorities reverse original claim of three suspects.

UPDATE 4:10pm ET: Presser with Louisiana Governor happening now.

UPDATE 3:22pm ET: Jindal making waves.

UPDATE 2:50pm ET: Statement from Obama:

UPDATE 2:45pm ET: “Black male wearing body armor.”

UPDATE 2:37pm ET: FBI announces involvement.

UPDATE 2:33pm ET: Reports coming out from Minnesota — early this morning a young man ambushed a Milwaukee police officer in his squad car.

A Milwaukee police officer was shot in a “vicious” attack early Sunday as he sat in his squad car while colleagues investigated a domestic disturbance call, an official said.

The suspected shooter, identified by police as a 20-year-old West Allis man with two felonies on his record, was found dead in a nearby yard, they said.

The incident began as a response to a domestic disturbance call near South 17th Street and West Morgan Avenue at about 2 a.m. During that investigation, someone fired shots into the squad car, striking an officer “multiple” times,” Asst. Police Chief William Jessup said in a morning press conference.

UPDATE 2:27pm ET: Trump’s second public message on the news. Hillary Clinton has yet to weigh in.

UPDATE 2:25pm ET: “Fatigues.” Fits with the Facebook live video where witness said he was “military.”

UPDATE 2:24pm ET: New details from AP wire:

Police in Baton Rouge say a gas station not far from police headquarters is where three law enforcement officers were shot to death early Sunday. One suspect was also shot and killed.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. says the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

He says the suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center.

Three other law enforcement officers were injured. Authorities believe two suspects may still be at large.

UPDATE 2:15pm ET: Another eyewitness video.

UPDATE 2:10pm ET: Live video stream, since deleted from Facebook, that purportedly shows the Baton Rouge suspect (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE):

UPDATE 2:02pm ET: Towed car had Texas license plate.

UPDATE 1:53pm ET: Lee Stranahan writes: “I spoke with one of the protesters that he was incarcerated with last week to get a sense of what the word on the street is about the police shootings.”

Tension is super-high.

I’m hearing conflicting stories about what happened and different opinions on the police shooting. Some people are saying “y’all took some of ours, now we took some yours” and other people are saying “it’s sad” and that the police who got killed didn’t deserve it.

The police are telling people not to protest tonight, but the folks I’m talking to say that they aren’t stopping. I’m hearing another protest is planned for 7:30 tonight right by Baton Rouge Police Department.

UPDATE 1:52pm ET: Black Lives Matter in Minnesota (site of Philando Castile’s fatal shooting) say “Stay tuned tomorrow…”

UPDATE 1:46pm ET: Video from developing situation — reporter says towed vehicle could be linked to officer killings.

UPDATE 1:44pm ET: Statement from Donald Trump.

We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.

UPDATE 1:25pm ET: From Breitbart TV:

Cleveland police officer and Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis said President Barack Obama had “blood on his hands.”

Loomis said, “The president of the Untied States validated a false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the Media are pressing out to the public — validated with his very divisive statements And now we see an escalation. This has got to end.”

UPDATE 1:18pm ET: Developing situation — unclear if related to earlier shooting.

UPDATE 1:16pm ET: Charlie Spiering writes:

President Obama has been briefed on Baton Rouge shooting of police officers and asked to be updated throughout the day as more details become available. White House has been in contact with local officials in Baton Rouge and offered any assistance necessary.

UPDATE 1:03pm ET: Governor releases statement.

UPDATE 1:02pm ET: White House statement.

UPDATE 12:50pm ET: Over-under on how many Democratic politicians get this fact wrong?

UPDATE 12:46pm ET: Some taqiyya from DeRay.

Never forget:

UPDATE 12:44pm ET: More shooting.

UPDATE 12:35pm ET: Only fiver officers shot?

UPDATE 12:33pm ET: 

UPDATE 12:32pm ET: Lee Stranahan writes:

In the wake of the Baton Rouge shooting, there is a noticeably increased police presence in downtown Cleveland in the area surrounding the side of the Republican National Convention.

UPDATE 12:28pm ET: Suspect dead. Number of injured revised down to three.

UPDATE 12:22pm ET: Lee Stranahan writes:

While I was covering the protest in Baton Rouge, many residents expressed fear that the protest would turn to violence although they said they hoped they would not.

Although the media has not reported it, the Black Liberation ideology of groups like Black Lives Matter as a deeply rooted antipathy towards law enforcement. For example, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement have noted themselves that they pay homage to convicted cop killer Assata Shakur every one of their events, and openly admire other convicted cop killers such as Mumia Abu-Jamal and H. Rap Brown.

UPDATE 12:17pm ET: Lee Stranahan writes:

A black resident of Baton Rouge who recently wrote to us detailing his view of the tensions there has contacted Breitbart News and told us exclusively:

I have the pulse of black people here even though I’m in the suburbs. A massively impoverished populace with nothing to live for has now been radicalized. Dangerous mix. Most have cooled down but that’s too many people who are ignorant, dumb and without guidance now radicalized for this to not happen. Now I’m afraid for random acts of violence to continue along racial and blue lines

UPDATE 12:14pm ET: Sheriff’s statement.

UPDATE 12:13pm ET: More on the scene of the shooting.

UPDATE 12:06pm ET: Hospitals on lockdown.

UPDATE 11:53am ET:

UPDATE 11:49am ET: Details from CNN:

Police received a call of “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the man opened fire.

The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said.

The victims were from Baton Rouge Police Department as well as East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, another official said.

UPDATE 11:45am ET: Mayor confirms three dead.

UPDATE 11:36am ET: TV report says three officers are dead.

UPDATE 11:19am ET:

UPDATE 11:15am ET:
Conflicting reports at this time whether the gunman is still at large:

UPDATE 11:13am ET:

UPDATE 11:12am ET:

UPDATE 11:02am ET:

From CNN:

(CNN) Three officers are feared dead after a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officials said.

Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden, said authorities were still trying to get a handle on the situation, but added, “The count is three officers dead possibly.”
The victims may include police officers and sheriff’s deputies
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” he said.
“Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
The shooter is believed to be down as well, Holden said.

From WBRZ:

A witness told WBRZ News 2, a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza.  Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.

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From WWL:

Streets have been closed between Baton Rouge Police Headquarters and I-12 where at least three law enforcement officers have been shot.
Shots were reported to have been fired around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, kicking off a manhunt for the shooter or shooters involved.

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