Baton Rouge police say there were reports of multiple officers shot not far from the department’s headquarters Sunday morning.
Sgt. Don Coppola, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department, said the scene was contained but couldn’t say whether a suspect or suspects were in custody. He said he didn’t know the nature of the injuries.
A section of Airline Highway, about seven miles from the police department, was closed off “due to police activity,” according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation. It was unclear if the road closure was connected to the shooting.
The Baton Rouge Police Department has been on high alert since the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling prompted protests in the city. Amid the turmoil, four people were arrested in an alleged plot to shoot and kill police officers.
A witness told WBRZ-TV that a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12.
WAFB-TV reported officers were shot along Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway, but didn’t specify the number of police.
Michael Vinsanau of WBRZ tweeted that more than a dozen marked and unmarked police cars have sped to the scene, and that a SWAT team is on location. State police armed with rifles are posted blocks away, Vinsanau tweeted