Baton Rouge shooting live: Three lawmen killed, gunman named, Obama speaks - latest updates

The area is still locked down as investigations continue 

Will Worley
Sunday 17 July 2016 22:28
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Police cars on the highway near Baton Rouge. The area is in lockdown.
Police cars on the highway near Baton Rouge. The area is in lockdown.

Here are the latest updates:

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Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are investigating the shooting of numerous police officers.

Three officers are dead, and three are wounded, one critically. One suspect is also dead.

Tensions are high in the Baton Rouge. Earlier in July, the city was the scene of a deadly encounter between a black man, Alton Sterling, and white policemen. The circumstances of the Mr Sterling’s death caused widespread outrage. He was shot by police officers after being pinned to the ground and bystanders captured the violence on video. The US Department of Justice is currently investigating the death.

It also sparked a wave of protests across the country, including in Dallas, Texas. At one of the protests in this city, a gunman opened fire on white officers assigned to the protest, killing five of them.

The killings triggered outrage in the US and further inflamed already tense relationships between some African Americans and the police. The high powered weapons used in the incident also reignited the debate on America’s relaxed gun laws.

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