3 police officers dead, 3 injured after shooting in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Police arrive at the scene on Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. At least three officers are confirmed dead and at least three others wounded after the shooting, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WSPA) – Three police officers have died and three others were injured during a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Two of the three officers killed in the shooting have been identified: 32-year-old Montrell Jackson and 41-year-old Matthew Gerald.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff says that the suspect is dead.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says the shooter has been identified as Gavin Long. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

President Obama condemned the attack on Baton Rouge police officers, saying in a statement that the “attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.”

The President also says the attacks on ‘public servants’ have to stop.

Police in Louisiana say they are using a specialized robot to check for explosives near the body of a suspect who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge early Sunday.

The shooting occurred less than 1 mile from police headquarters.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. says authorities do not have an immediate indication that explosives are present.

Republican Donald Trump is blaming a “lack of leadership” for Sunday’s shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Trump says in a statement posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages that “We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today.”

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