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Ascension sheriff blames anti-police rhetoric for deadly shooting of officers

6 months 1 week 1 day ago July 17, 2016 Jul 17, 2016 Sunday, July 17 2016 July 17, 2016 12:57 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

ASCENSION PARISH - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley has posted a statement concerning Sunday morning’s shootings to Facebook that places blame on members of the public for “whipping up” a frenzy of anti-police sentiment.

Sheriff Wiley’s statement reads as follows:

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team is working with EBRSO, BRPD and LSP as the search for remaining suspects continues. Authorities have yet to establish a motive for the shootings that connects the incident to recent protests.

Three officers died and as many as three others were injured when suspects opened fire at around 8:30 a.m. on Airline Highway near its intersection with Old Hammond Highway.

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