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Several police officers have been shot and three are dead in Baton Rouge.

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Details are sketchy, but it appears that several officers have been shot in Baton Rouge, LA, and The New York Times and CNN are reporting at least three officers and one suspect have been killed. Two more individuals are suspected in the shooting, and police have detained two men in a nearby town in a possible connection.

There are differing reports of how the shootings began. A few witnesses reported seeing a few men shoot at each other before turning their weapons on police. One source told CNN that police had received reports of a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” who began firing on police when they arrived at the scene.

Airline Highway has been the site of protests in Baton Rouge ever since Alton Sterling was killed by police on July 5. The road runs in front of police headquarters.

In a statement, President Barack Obama has condemned the attacks.

I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.

I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.

We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but 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 our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.

Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.

This story is developing.

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