At least 2 police officers killed in Baton Rouge shooting, gunman at large – mayor

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are currently trying to neutralize a gunman who reportedly shot up to eight officers, killing at least two, according to local media citing the mayor’s office, as well as social media accounts.

According to conflicting reports, at least three Baton Rouge officers are feared dead, WAFB reported.

At least seven policemen were shot, at least three of whom are feared dead, a source close to the investigation said, CNN reported.

Baton Rouge police responded to a call reporting a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,”the source said, adding that the person opened fire as soon as the police squad arrived, CNN also reported.

WAFB said that the shootout began in the early hours of Sunday morning on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, less than one mile from police headquarters. The incident reportedly took place at Hammond Aire Shopping Center.

The officers involved in the episode were reportedly from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish told, CNN. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”

“Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything,” he noted, adding that the gunman is believed to be down.

The immediate area has been cordoned off and closed to traffic, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said.

The suspected gunman has been reportedly shot during a police operation, according to NBC. However this information has not been officially confirmed yet.

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