Three police officers have been shot dead in the US city of Baton Rouge, and three more have been injured, officials say.
One suspect is dead and two others may still be at large.
The local sheriff’s department spokeswoman told WAFB TV the incident began shortly before 09:00 local time. The spokeswoman said officers had responded to reports of shooting. A witness said the shooting appeared to have broken out before law enforcement officers arrived at the scene.
President Obama released this statement, which reads in part:
I want to be clear: There is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of out country, with people who loved and needed then, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.
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SPECIAL REPORT: 3 police officers killed in #BatonRouge shooting; at least several others injured. @MorganRadford pic.twitter.com/c8oU8Y5Bpn
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