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Summary

  1. Three police officers are shot dead in US city of Baton Rouge, and three more have been injured
  2. Suspected gunman is dead and US media have named him as Gavin Long, 29
  3. Baton Rouge is where Alton Sterling was killed by police two weeks ago, sparking protests
  4. But the motive for this attack is not known
  5. President Barack Obama called the attack the "work of cowards"

Live Reporting

By Tom Geoghegan and Tim Swift

All times stated are UK

Thanks for staying with us

That concludes our live coverage of the aftermath of the shootings in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers on Sunday morning.

You can follow all our latest updates in our main story.

Hillary Clinton: 'We must not turn our backs on each other'

Hillary Clinton
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“Today's devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities. We must not turn our backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities.

Hillary ClintonDemocratic presidential candidate

Obama: 'Attacks on police are attacks on all of us'

President Barack Obama
ABC News

President Barack Obama is addressing the nation about the shootings.

"Regardless of motive, the deaths of these three brave officers underscores the dangers that police... confront every single day," he said. "We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against police officers."

He also warned against inflammatory rhetoric as both political parties prepared to hold conventions this month. "We need to temper our words and open our hearts - all of us," he said.

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BreakingUS media identify gunman as Gavin Long

CBS, CNN and NBC News are reporting the name of Baton Rouge gunman as Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri. 

This has not been officially confirmed by police.

Black Lives Matter activist denounces violence

“The movement began as a call to end violence,” prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson told the New York Times on Sunday. "That call remains."

Mr Mckesson was arrested earlier this month protesting over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Mr Mckesson was released several hours later after the charges against him and scores of other people were dropped.

DeRay Mckesson
AP

Motive still unclear in attack on police

'The violence and hatred has to stop'

Louisiana officials held a brief press conference on Tuesday, but they offered few details and did not take questions from the reporters.

What we don't know:

  • The gunman was not identified by name or race
  • Authorities did not say whether the gunman was targeting police officers or motivated by recent events
  • The officers who were killed were not named or identified by race

Details about the victims emerge

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Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson gave some details about the police officers who were killed. He said two were Baton Rouge police officers and one was an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy. Mr Edmonson said all three were married and had family. 

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie described his officers:

  • 41 years old with less than one year of service
  • 32 years old with 10 years of service

Obama under attack over shootings

The motive for the attack is unclear but some conservatives believe President Barack Obama, who is due to speak shortly, must do more to support the police.

Earlier, the president released a statement condemning the shooting as "the work of cowards".

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BreakingPolice: No longer an 'active shooting' situation

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said the gunman who shot the officers has been killed and the situation is no longer "active".

Reports earlier had suggested there was more than one gunman.

Mr Edmonson said the officers were responding to a report of a man carrying a rifle along a major motorway. He said the gunman was dressed all in black.

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Attorney General: 'No place in the US for such appalling violence'

Loretta Lynch
Reuters

For the second time in two weeks, multiple law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. There is no place in the United States for such appalling violence, and I condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms.

Loretta LynchAttorney General

Timeline of recent police shootings in the US

Dallas Fireman salute
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  • Sunday 17 July: Three police officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge, motive unclear.
  • 9 July and 10 July: Protests against police use of force held in major US cities including Atlanta, Chicago and Baton Rouge. Scores arrested in mostly peaceful demonstrations.
  • 7 July: A gunman kills five police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Micah Johnson told police he wanted to kill white people, specifically white police officers. Johnson said he was angry after the killings of Castile and Sterling.
  • 6 July: Philando Castile is shot and killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile's girlfriend live-streams the aftermath on Facebook.
  • 5 July: Police officers shoot and kill Alton Sterling at a petrol station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooting is captured on video.

President Obama to address the nation on Baton Rouge shootings

President Barack Obama plans to deliver a statement on the Baton Rouge shootings at 16:30 EDT/21:30 BST. 

The White House also said that President Obama contacted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden to hear the latest on the investigation. Mr Obama offered the full assistance of the federal government to local authorities.

Louisiana officials also plan to hold a new conference at 16:00 EDT/21:00 BST.

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Local Baton Rouge hospital says blood supply is stable

Map of where the attack took place

Map showing the location of the shooting
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The attack happened about a mile from the police station

Some place doubt on whether officers were the targets

Baton Rouge shooting scene
AP

The local sheriff's office and a witness have told local media that police were responding to a shooting already in progress, placing doubt on whether the officers were purposely targeted.

Police across the US have been on high alert after five Dallas police officers were killed during a protest. They were singled out because they were police. However, the motive for Sunday's shooting in Baton Rouge is unclear. 

"It's my understanding that they [the officers] had responded to an initial shooting incident," Casey Rayborn Hicks, public affairs officer for the sheriff's office, told local TV station WAFB.

Witness Brady Vancel told WAFB that he saw what may have been gang members shooting at each other before police arrived.

Ohio Governor John Kasich says he can't suspend 'open carry' laws

Some had urged the governor to tighten gun rules at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Five police officers were killed a week earlier in Dallas, Texas.

The law in Ohio is that people can openly carry a gun if they have a permit.

Thousands of police officers will be providing security for the Republican National Convention this week.

Governor's Office Statement
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Baton Rouge mayor calls police shooting 'an ambush'

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden
AP

"I think it was an ambush." Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden told Fox News in a telephone interview.  "It's a sad commentary when people have no respect for life and they have no respect for police."  

Donald Trump: 'Our country is divided and out of control'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has continued to respond on social media to the attack.

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Special robot used to check dead body of suspect

Police in Louisiana said they have used a robot to check for explosives near the body of the suspect who was shot and killed.

A week earlier, Dallas Police used a similar robot to kill a gunman who had holed himself up in a multi-storey car park. Micah Johnson had shot and killed five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Police robot
Reuters
Police across the US, pictured above in Cleveland, are using robots more often in their work

Pictures from the scene of the attack

Police block a road
Reuters
The area has been closed off and residents told to stay indoors
Airline Highway was closed by police
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Airline Highway was closed by police
Police helicopter flying above the crime scene
Reuters
Police helicopters were flying above the crime scene
Police officers block a road
Reuters
Police officers blocked all roads

Louisiana enacted a 'Blue Lives Matter' law earlier this year

Baton Rouge Police
Reuters

From the Washington Post:

In many states, hate crime laws call for additional penalties for those convicted of crimes who targeted victims on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. Targeting police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel now fall under Louisiana’s hate crime law.

“The men and women who put their lives on the line every day, often under very dangerous circumstances are true heroes and they deserve every protection that we can give them,” [Governor John Bel] Edwards, the son of a sheriff, said in a statement. “They serve and protect our communities and our families. The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana.”

Here's what we know and what we don't know

A law enforcement helicopter is seen near the scene where police officers were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Reuters

It's a very confused picture right now in Baton Rouge. Here's what we can confirm:

  • three police officers are dead, three are injured
  • one suspect has been killed, more possibly at large
  • motive is unknown
  • witnesses reported loud gunfire
  • one said he saw a man dressed in black, military-style clothing
  • tensions have been high in the city since the police shot dead a local black man, Alton Sterling
  • but nothing yet to suggest a link to that or to protests that ensued

We've done a full round-up of the facts so far.

Texas consoles and assists Louisiana after shooting

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Texas Governor statement
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In Dallas, where five police were killed recently, Mayor Mike Rawlings also made a statement: 

"Reports out of Baton Rouge this morning of three officers killed and others wounded are deeply disturbing. This must stop. Violence against our police officers under any circumstances is not acceptable and poses a grave threat to all of us. Those peacefully protesting police across the country must swiftly condemn this type of violence against law enforcement."

Louisiana delegation at Republican National Convention: 'Our home was attacked'

Louisiana Republican delegation
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Cleveland police call for tighter gun rules at RNC after Baton Rouge shootings

A huge security operation is under way in Cleveland, Ohio, on the eve of the four-day Republican National Convention. But some are questioning whether it's wise that it's legal, with the appropriate permit, to openly carry a weapon in the state of Ohio.

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Authorities to announce more details at afternoon press conference

Donald Trump blames deaths on 'lack of leadership'

Donald Trump on Facebook
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Mother of man arrested says he has been held by mistake

Watch the most recent police briefing

Police Cpl L'Jean Mckneely Jr confirmed three officers are dead and one suspect is dead, and appealed for more information.

Police Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely Jr appeals for information and confirms three officers are dead

'An unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us'

Governor John Bel Edwards
Reuters

This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at the a time when we need unity and healing. Rest assured, every resource available to the state of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.

John Bel EdwardsLouisiana governor

Three wounded officers being treated at local hospitals

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In addition to the three officers killed, several others were wounded. Reuters news agency reports that one is in a critical condition while another is in a fair condition at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. A third officer is being treated at Baton Rouge General Hospital. His injuries are not said to be life-threatening. 

'About 30 shots rang out'

Baton Rouge reported a plot against officers days earlier

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Four people - including a 12-year-old boy - were arrested late last week  after Baton Rouge Police said they broke into a pawn shop and sought to steal handguns in a plot to attack police.

White House offers assistance

The White House has been in contact with officials in Baton Rouge and has offered any assistance necessary, Reuters reports.

Alton Sterling protest rhetoric 'related' to killings - mayor

Alton Sterling larger-than-life photograph, at funeral on 15 July 2016
Reuters

The mayor of Baton Rouge, Kip Holden, tells a local TV station that the "rhetoric from some people" during and after the funeral of Alton Sterling may be connected to the shootings that left three officers dead.

Mr Sterling, who was 37, was a black man who was shot dead by two white police officers on 6 July.  

Demonstrations broke out in Baton Rouge and across the world after he and another black man, Philando Castile, were shot by police and videos of the aftermath were shared worldwide.

Mayor Holden said: "I'm not sure whether this is related to the protests but from some of the people who've spoken during the course of the funeral and the whole week, people are like they want to light fire on people and pour gasoline on it, I have to believe that some of that has been related to this. These minds have been overtaken by people. 

"Everything's been anti-police but the overwhelming percentage of people in Baton Rouge are not buying in to that rhetoric."

What do we know so far?

Police officer in Baton Rouge
Reuters

The shooting happened near police headquarters and Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, the capital of the state of Louisiana.

Mobile phone footage from the scene showed police cars arriving at a road intersection. Several shots were then heard.

You can also follow a fuller round up of what we know so far here

Other US police departments react to the shootings

The shootings in Baton Rogue come a week after five police officers were killed in Dallas, putting departments across the country on high alert. The Dallas gunman Micah Xavier Johnson told police before he was killed that he purposely targeted the officers. Johnson said he was angry about recent shootings of black men at the hands of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The motive in the latest Baton Rouge shooting is unclear.

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Watch: 'If anybody saw anything suspicious we need your assistance' - police

Video from the scene

Baton Rouge shooting: Reporter describes scene

A reporter in Baton Rouge describes a "very active scene".