Baton Rouge, Louisiana
July 17, 2016
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
Police responded to a report of officers shot at a location on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway around 9 a.m., CBS affiliate WAFB reported.
A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that police were called to the location on Airline Highway, less than a mile from the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters, after someone reported a suspicious man with a weapon.
A witness tells CBS affiliate WAFB that he saw a masked man in black shorts and shirt running from the scene where three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were shot and killed.
Brady Vancel said the man looked like a pedestrian running with a rifle in his hand, rather than someone trained to move with a rifle.
Vancel said he'd gone to work on a flooring job on a street behind the gas station where authorities say the shooting occurred. He said he heard semi-automatic fire and perhaps a handgun.
He saw a man in a red shirt lying in an empty parking lot and "another gunman running away as more shots were being fired back and forth from several guns."
Earlier, Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.
He said the suspect's body was found next door, outside of a fitness center.