Baton Rouge shooting: Video shows moment attacker begins firing on police

Gunman shot dead after killing at least three officers

Baton Rouge Gunman

Footage has emerged appearing to show the moment a masked gunman began shooting at police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing at least three officers.

In the video shots are heard ringing out and a large police presence can be seen. Officers were called to reports of a suspicious person.

It was at that stage unclear how many shooters were involved, thought police later said they had shot dead the only suspect.

Kip Holden, Mayor-president of the East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN: "There is still an active scene. They are investigating.

"Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. It's just been one thing after another."

Baton Rouge's chief administrative office confirmed to a local newspaper The Advocate that at least two officers had died with another also "feared dead".

It comes just a week after protests over police brutality following the death of a 37-year-old black man, Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by officers at close range.

A video of the incident filmed on a mobile phone purported to show two white officers holding the father-of-five down before shooting him. A second video appears to show them pulling a gun out of his back pocket after he was on the ground.

Mr Sterling's death - and that of two other black men in as many days in Falcon Heights, Missouri and Brooklyn, New York - brought a wave of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement across the US.

At a demonstration in Dallas five people officers were killed by a sniper who was unconnected to the movement. Micah Xavier Johnson said he wanted to "kill white people" before being killed by a police robot.

The motive for the Baton Rouge shooting is currently unclear.

Additional reporting by agencies

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in