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Gunman who shoots dead three police officers in Baton Rouge 'acted alone'

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By Euronews
Gunman who shoots dead three police officers in Baton Rouge 'acted alone'

An investigation is under way into the shooting dead of three more US police officers and the wounding of three others in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge.

It’s believed the officers were lured to their deaths by a bogus 911 emergency call.

The gunman died in a shootout with police and is believed to have acted alone.

“We do not believe or do we have any other shooter held up in any other area in the Baton Rouge area but understand that this investigation has a lot of moving parts and pieces .. we’ll be moving and going on each one of those, but right now there is no active shooter scenario going on in Baton Rouge.”

The suspect has been identified by a US official as American citizen Gavin Long.

The six police officers killed or wounded in the attack ranged from a newcomer to the city police force to veteran officers, officials said.

The shooting comes just days after the police shooting of a black man in the same city sparked nationwide protests, one of which led to the massacre of five police officers in Dallas.

The shooting in Dallas is considered the deadliest day for US police in the country since the 9/11 attacks, according to records published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The gunman, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, told negotiators he was upset about police killings of black people and wanted to kill white officers.