In a briefing Sunday afternoon and in follow-up interviews, Major M. Doug Cain of Louisiana State Police and Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson gave a timeline of events leading up to the shooting.
The suspect was initially spotted by police at a convenience store after officials reported seeing him behind a beauty supply store at 8:40 a.m. near where the shooting later would occur, armed with a rifle and wearing all black, Cain said.
Two minutes later, police received a report of shots fired.
Two minutes after that came another report: Officers down. A minute later, a report of more shots fired.
By 8:46 a.m., the suspect was seen standing by a carwash next to a beauty supply store, Edmonson said, and minutes later, police responded and found him.
“Officers engaged the subject at that particular time, and he ultimately died at the scene,” Edmonson said.
Police scanners showed police responding to a report of a man armed with an assault rifle near the B-Quik store on Airline Highway across the street from Hammond Aire Plaza.
In a briefing Sunday afternoon, authorities gave more details about the officers who were shot and presented a timeline of events.
Two Baton Rouge, La., police officers were killed: a 41-year-old with less than a year on the force and a 10-year veteran who was 32. A 45-year-old East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy also was killed.
Of the three injured, a 41-year-old sheriff’s deputy remained in critical condition, while a 51-year-old deputy and a 41-year-old police officer suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening and were in stable condition, authorities said.
The head of Cleveland's police union said Sunday he would ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich to place a weeklong stay on open-carry rights as the Republican National Convention rolls through the city after several police officers were gunned down Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.
"It's a heartbreaking day," said union President Steven Loomis, who said the union's attorneys also are asking Kasich to declare a state of emergency in the city during the convention.
Loomis repeatedly said he was not "against the 2nd Amendment," but argued that the recent attacks on police in Dallas and Louisiana as well as the likely volatile situations that will play out if groups with competing ideologies clash outside the RNC will create situations that are too dangerous for city police.