Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others hospitalized in critical condition after a gunman or gunmen opened fire on Sunday morning. One suspected gunman is dead and police are searching for two other possible suspects.
Baton Rouge Mayor, Kip Holden said the shooting occurred at around 9 a.m. at Airline and Old Hammond highways. Baton Rouge Police officers responded to a call of a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” a source told CNN. When police arrived on the scene, the man opened fire. The victims were from Baton Rouge Police Department as well as East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, another official said. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement calling the shooting “an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing.”
Law enforcement agencies in large cities across the country have been on high alert following last week’s deadly ambush that killed 5 police officers during a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas. The shooter, identified as U.S. Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, told negotiators he wanted to kill police officers, especially white officers before he was killed by a police bomb robot.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."