Yet another heartbreaking and deadly shooting has occurred in the United States during the month of July. On Sunday morning, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, gunfire erupted on a highway resulting in the deaths of three police officers and injuring many more. As details from the shooting emerge the most important question remains — who were the police officers killed in Baton Rouge?
Unfortunately, there is only so much information that officials do know and are releasing to the public at this moment. Therefore, the identity of the three police officers that were shot in Baton Rouge still remains unknown. According to CNN, as of Sunday afternoon ET, the scene has been described as "active but contained," meaning that there is still a lot of information that needs to be collected — and unfortunately, the amount of casualties could keep growing, depending on the severity of the other victims' injuries.
What We Know So Far
Just before noon, news broke that seven police officers had been shot by a man in Baton Rouge. Details on Twitter were hazy as several bits of information came out reporting different things. However, by mid-morning, it was confirmed by the Baton Rouge mayor that three officers had indeed died. According to the Associated Press, Louisiana authorities said that "three law enforcement officials [were] dead" and "three [were] injured in Baton Rouge." One suspect had died. According to Baton Rouge Police, there were potentially one or two suspects remaining at large.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement to his Twitter account on Sunday morning, shortly after learning the news of the shootings:
This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing. Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. For now, I'm asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.
It is not clear what the officers were responding to, what their official identities were, or exactly how the events unfolded in Baton Rouge, but it is clear that the police officers were just trying to do their job when they were ambushed by gunfire.
It is important to remember that lives were taken away in this situation and that these police officers are people too. They are people with families back at home, whose lives had to be cut short due to unfortunate circumstances. As the victims' loved ones gather to grieve, the publics' thoughts should be with the families of the police officers in Baton Rouge, as well as all affected by tragedy in every community of late.