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Three police officers in US shot dead by masked gunman

Published 17/07/2016

Authorities talk to the driver of a car near an area where several officers were shot while on duty less than a mile from police headquarters, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mike Kunzelman)
Authorities talk to the driver of a car near an area where several officers were shot while on duty less than a mile from police headquarters, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mike Kunzelman)
Two police officers are confirmed dead in a shooting incident in Baton Rouge. A third officer is feared dead and others seriously wounded.

Three police officers are dead after several masked men opened up shooting at them in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Another three officers have been shot and injured.

One of the masked men is also dead and police are looking for at least one more suspect believed to be dress in black, combat-style clothing.

A manhunt is underway to find other suspects.

 

The shooting unfolded in the area of Airline and Old Hammond highways and roads were closed off in both directions between Goodwood Boulevard and Interstate 12.

Police responded to reports of a suspicious person armed with an assault rifle on Sunday morning. When police arrived, the gunman opened fire.

One witness told WBRZ-TV that a man was dressed in black with his face covered began randomly shooting as he walked by a convenience store and car wash.

 

Kip Houlden, mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said that security authorities were still trying to get a handle on the situation but told

PIX11/WPIX-TV: "There is still an active scene. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything."

The incident comes 10 days after five officers in Dallas were shot during a protect against two recent by police which resulted in the deaths of two black men.

Alton Sterling (37) was shot dead by two white police officers in Baton Rouge earlier this month after he was pinned down outside a convenience store where  he was selling CDs.

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