Utah police, AG Sean Reyes express sorrow in Baton Rouge police shooting

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 16:43:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s law enforcement took to social media, Sunday, expressing sorrow for a shooting in Baton Rouge, La., that left three officers dead and three other officers injured.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown posted on Twitter. He wrote he was saddened by this latest tragedy.

The shooting occurred Sunday morning. Police received a call of a “suspicious person walking down with an assault rifle.” When police arrived, the shooting began, according to a CNN report.

One of the suspects is dead. Authorities believe two others may be at large.

This is the second shooting within the past week where officers were a target. On July 7, five Dallas police officers were shot and killed by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter Rally. The city of Baton Rouge was already in a tumultuous state as there had been people protesting the death of Alton Sterling, 37, killed in an officer-involved shooting on July 5.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released a statement, Sunday afternoon, regarding the events in Baton Rouge:

“The tragedies in Louisiana and Florida this morning only deepen our sorrow as we mourn precious lives lost in such senseless ways at home and abroad over the past several months. Whether American or French lives, law enforcement or civilian lives, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, our hearts do not discriminate in our grief and our prayers are neither selective nor withheld from sincere expression of love, support and solidarity for friends and loved ones of victims.

“Each of these victims, under other circumstances, could be members of our very own families and are members of our extended global family. On this day, a Sabbath to many around the world, may our prayers and thoughts be united for more peace and understanding locally and globally.”