ArkLaTex law enforcement react to Baton Rouge shootings
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police won't say whether they are stepping up security in light of the fatal shootings of 3 officers in Baton Rouge Sunday morning, and wounding of several others.
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One suspect is reportedly dead. Baton Rouge is already on heightened alert following the shootings, as the search for 2 additional suspects continue. The New Orleans Police Department also issued an Officer Safety warning early Sunday afternoon, advising officers to take extra precautions, including not riding in one-man cars.
When asked whether SPD is advising officers take any extra precautions for officer safety, a spokesperson for the department issued issued this brief statement:
We are well aware of situation in Baton Rouge and the dangers our law enforcement officers face daily in their mission to serve those they have sworn to protect. While it would be inappropriate to engage in a dialogue relative to specific police tactics, rest assured the men and women of the Shreveport Police department remain vigilant and professional. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baton Rouge Police Department and the City of Baton Rouge.
More than a dozen deputies from Caddo and Bossier Parish went to Baton Rouge last week to help in security efforts there as protests continue and tensions remained high less following the officer-involved shooting left Alton Sterling dead.
A spokesperson for CPSO says all Caddo Parish deputies have returned, as have all deputies that traveled to Baton Rouge to assist.
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office also released a statement following Sunday's tragic event.
"Today, a tragic loss and senseless act was committed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, led by Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, would like to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge and around the nation. It is a loss not only for a community, but the entire nation when a brother or sister is killed in the line of duty. Regardless of how we are perceived by the media or public, we are engrained in our communities. We are here to protect and serve our citizens, even if that sometimes means putting ourselves in danger to keep others safe. We do this without hesitation, it is part of our profession.
We ask that you join us in praying for those affected today by this act and please remember their family and loved ones in the coming days, weeks, and months. As said in the press conference today – make no mistake, we are a united front."
Law enforcement agencies across the ArkLaTex are mourning the loss of three of their brothers in blue.
In Texarkana, Arkansas, police posted on their Facebook page: "The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is greatly saddened at the news from Baton Rouge, LA this morning. We are praying for God's protection, peace, and love to prevail during these trying times. We stand in solidarity with Baton Rouge, and we ask you to join us in prayer for all involved."
Just Friday evening, deputies from the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office that went to Baton Rouge to help with security efforts there, returned home.
The BPSO posted on an image on their Facebook page Sunday that read, "Our thoughts and prayers at the Bossier Sheriff's Office are with our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge."
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