The Louisiana cop is shot dead and another one fights for his life after being shot by a murder suspect
Louisiana police officer is shot dead and a second officer fights for his life after murder suspect opened fire when police responded to gunshot reports
- Baton Rouge Police officer who was a 21-year-old veteran was killed on Sunday
- His unidentified colleague was also shot and ‘fought for his life in the hospital’
- The pair had responded to reports of gunshots in the area
- Ronnie Kato, 36, is suspected of murdering 58-year-old Curtis Richardson
- Kato was arrested after a four-hour standoff with SWAT officers barricading in a house
- SWAT team members were shot and fired back, but no one was injured during those exchanges
Ronnie Kato (photo), 36, is suspected of murdering Curtis Richardson, 58, that morning and then shooting the two unidentified agents
A police officer was killed and his injured colleague fought for his life on Sunday after they were shot when they responded to gunshot reports.
Ronnie Kato, 36, is suspected of murdering Curtis Richardson, 58, that morning and the two unidentified officers who responded to the scene in a northern residential area of the city were shot. One of them later succumbed to his injuries.
Police had initially gone to the 1800 block of Pamela Drive at around 12:30 pm, but received a tip that the gunman hid a house on the 3100 block of Conrad Street.
Kato was held around 4:00 PM after a break of about four hours with a SWAT team in which he barricaded himself in a house, Baton Rouge police chief Murphy Paul said. The lawyer.
He added that SWAT team members had been shot and fired back. No one was hurt during those exchanges.
At a news conference on Sunday evening, the police chief said the murdered officer was a 21-year-old law enforcement veteran and the injured colleague had seven years of police work, according to WBRZ-TV.
“Our officers – talk about being a civil servant and the responsibility of being a law enforcement officer,” said Paul. “This is a phone call that no executive wants to get.”
The police have released little details about the shooting of the two officers or events that preceded it. The chief just said the police are continuing the investigation.
The chief did not immediately say what charges Kato could face.
Baton Rouge police officers gather at the scene of a shooting in which one police officer is dead and an injured colleague fighting for life
The suspect was in custody after hours of deadlock on a Sunday afternoon in a nearby house
A cop salutes an escort from a motorcycle and hearse with the body of a Baton Rouge police officer fatally shot
On Sunday afternoon, neighbors and spectators were crowded street corners behind police tape that closed off the area, according to media reports. Some bystanders wore masks against the coronavirus, and others held up phones to record the crushing law enforcement vehicles at the site.
Outside the regional medical center Our Lady of the Lake, another scene took place, where the officers were taken by ambulance. There, dozens of law enforcement officers conducted an impromptu vigil at the hospital, pending updates on the injured officer’s condition.
The hospital glowed blue in their honor.
A coroner’s van was escorted by dozens of law enforcement officers as they left the hospital on Sunday afternoon, according to media reports.
“It’s a tragic day in the Baton Rouge community. I am deeply saddened by the incident that had previously led to the loss of one of our bravest souls, “Mayor President Broome said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with their families, with every member of the Baton Rouge police, and with all security agents. I ask our entire community to remember their families in your prayers, and may their sacrifice never be forgotten.
“In mourning this tragedy, let us underline that violence in our community, especially violence against those who serve and protect, is unacceptable. In this stressful time, both in our community and around the world, it is imperative that we work together now more than ever.
“I have asked Governor Edwards to allow all flags of buildings in East Baton Rouge City-Parish to be flown at half-mast.”
Baton Route Police chief Murphy Paul, with a sheet of paper in the middle, walks down a street
Baton Rouge police chief Murphy Paul will speak to reporters on Sunday. Paul told the lawyer that the officers in the north of the city were shot and one of the officers died later