2 Bastrop, Louisiana Police Officers Killed
BASTROP (TV8) - Morehouse Parish Sheriff Danny McGrew confirms two Bastrop police officers were shot and killed Friday afternoon in downtown Bastrop.
McGrew says one suspect was also shot and killed. Two emergency medical technicians were shot and wounded. One was reported to be in surgery at Morehouse General Hospital.
At least one other suspect was said to be in a standoff with police at the Best Budget Inn on South Franklin Street near the courthouse square.
McGrew said the suspects were possibly persons of interest in a double homicide in Texas, but that was not confirmed.
TV8 News reporter Jennifer Townley reports from the scene that part of downtown Bastrop has been sealed off, and both Bastrop City Hall and the Morehouse Parish courthouse have been placed under lockdown, and that two persons have been arrested.
SWAT teams equipped with helmets, shields and guns are taking up positions outside the Best Budget Inn. FBI agents are on the scene.
A caller who identified herself as Sharon Anders, manager of Altel's Bastrop store, said the FBI has ordered all Bastrop phone service disconnected until the situation is normalized.
Other details are sketchy.
A Bastrop police dispatcher who answered a phone call from TV8 News said she did not have time to talk and immediately hung up the phone.
Sterlington Police Chief Barry Bonner says he was notified that emergency personnel would be traveling through Sterlington en route to Bastrop in response to "an officer involved shooting."
A clerk in a store on the Bastrop courthouse square called KNOE TV8 News to describe the scene following the shooting. She says police armed with rifles are running around the area of a motel near the square. She also saw ambulances coming and going from the area.
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