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Summary

  1. Three police officers are shot dead in US city of Baton Rouge, and three more have been injured
  2. Suspected gunman is dead and US media have named him as Gavin Long, 29
  3. Baton Rouge is where Alton Sterling was killed by police two weeks ago, sparking protests
  4. But the motive for this attack is not known
  5. President Barack Obama called the attack the "work of cowards"

Live Reporting

By Tom Geoghegan and Tim Swift

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for staying with us

    That concludes our live coverage of the aftermath of the shootings in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers on Sunday morning.

    You can follow all our latest updates in our main story.

  2. Hillary Clinton: 'We must not turn our backs on each other'

    Hillary Clinton
    Quote Message: “Today's devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities. We must not turn our backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities. from Hillary Clinton Democratic presidential candidate
    Hillary ClintonDemocratic presidential candidate
  3. Obama: 'Attacks on police are attacks on all of us'

    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is addressing the nation about the shootings.

    "Regardless of motive, the deaths of these three brave officers underscores the dangers that police... confront every single day," he said. "We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against police officers."

    He also warned against inflammatory rhetoric as both political parties prepared to hold conventions this month. "We need to temper our words and open our hearts - all of us," he said.

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  4. BreakingUS media identify gunman as Gavin Long

    CBS, CNN and NBC News are reporting the name of Baton Rouge gunman as Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri. 

    This has not been officially confirmed by police.

  5. Black Lives Matter activist denounces violence

    “The movement began as a call to end violence,” prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson told the New York Times on Sunday. "That call remains."

    Mr Mckesson was arrested earlier this month protesting over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Mr Mckesson was released several hours later after the charges against him and scores of other people were dropped.

    DeRay Mckesson
  6. Motive still unclear in attack on police

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    Video caption: 'The violence and hatred has to stop'

    Louisiana officials held a brief press conference on Tuesday, but they offered few details and did not take questions from the reporters.

    What we don't know:

    • The gunman was not identified by name or race
    • Authorities did not say whether the gunman was targeting police officers or motivated by recent events
    • The officers who were killed were not named or identified by race
  7. Details about the victims emerge

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    Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson gave some details about the police officers who were killed. He said two were Baton Rouge police officers and one was an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy. Mr Edmonson said all three were married and had family. 

    Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie described his officers:

    • 41 years old with less than one year of service
    • 32 years old with 10 years of service
  8. Obama under attack over shootings

    The motive for the attack is unclear but some conservatives believe President Barack Obama, who is due to speak shortly, must do more to support the police.

    Earlier, the president released a statement condemning the shooting as "the work of cowards".

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  9. BreakingPolice: No longer an 'active shooting' situation

    Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said the gunman who shot the officers has been killed and the situation is no longer "active".

    Reports earlier had suggested there was more than one gunman.

    Mr Edmonson said the officers were responding to a report of a man carrying a rifle along a major motorway. He said the gunman was dressed all in black.

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  10. Attorney General: 'No place in the US for such appalling violence'

    Loretta Lynch
    Quote Message: For the second time in two weeks, multiple law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. There is no place in the United States for such appalling violence, and I condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms. from Loretta Lynch Attorney General
    Loretta LynchAttorney General
  11. Timeline of recent police shootings in the US

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    • Sunday 17 July: Three police officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge, motive unclear.
    • 9 July and 10 July: Protests against police use of force held in major US cities including Atlanta, Chicago and Baton Rouge. Scores arrested in mostly peaceful demonstrations.
    • 7 July: A gunman kills five police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Micah Johnson told police he wanted to kill white people, specifically white police officers. Johnson said he was angry after the killings of Castile and Sterling.
    • 6 July: Philando Castile is shot and killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile's girlfriend live-streams the aftermath on Facebook.
    • 5 July: Police officers shoot and kill Alton Sterling at a petrol station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooting is captured on video.
  12. President Obama to address the nation on Baton Rouge shootings

    President Barack Obama plans to deliver a statement on the Baton Rouge shootings at 16:30 EDT/21:30 BST. 

    The White House also said that President Obama contacted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden to hear the latest on the investigation. Mr Obama offered the full assistance of the federal government to local authorities.

    Louisiana officials also plan to hold a new conference at 16:00 EDT/21:00 BST.

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  13. Map of where the attack took place

    Map showing the location of the shooting
    Image caption: The attack happened about a mile from the police station
  14. Some place doubt on whether officers were the targets

    Baton Rouge shooting scene

    The local sheriff's office and a witness have told local media that police were responding to a shooting already in progress, placing doubt on whether the officers were purposely targeted.

    Police across the US have been on high alert after five Dallas police officers were killed during a protest. They were singled out because they were police. However, the motive for Sunday's shooting in Baton Rouge is unclear. 

    "It's my understanding that they [the officers] had responded to an initial shooting incident," Casey Rayborn Hicks, public affairs officer for the sheriff's office, told local TV station WAFB.

    Witness Brady Vancel told WAFB that he saw what may have been gang members shooting at each other before police arrived.

  15. Ohio Governor John Kasich says he can't suspend 'open carry' laws

    Some had urged the governor to tighten gun rules at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Five police officers were killed a week earlier in Dallas, Texas.

    The law in Ohio is that people can openly carry a gun if they have a permit.

    Thousands of police officers will be providing security for the Republican National Convention this week.

    Governor's Office Statement
  16. Baton Rouge mayor calls police shooting 'an ambush'

    Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden

    "I think it was an ambush." Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden told Fox News in a telephone interview.  "It's a sad commentary when people have no respect for life and they have no respect for police."  

  17. Donald Trump: 'Our country is divided and out of control'

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has continued to respond on social media to the attack.

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  18. Special robot used to check dead body of suspect

    Police in Louisiana said they have used a robot to check for explosives near the body of the suspect who was shot and killed.

    A week earlier, Dallas Police used a similar robot to kill a gunman who had holed himself up in a multi-storey car park. Micah Johnson had shot and killed five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest.

    Police robot
    Image caption: Police across the US, pictured above in Cleveland, are using robots more often in their work