2 Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed, 2 others injured

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DEVELOPING -At least two police officers are dead and two others are injured in a shooting in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana capital, officials said.

The shooting happened less than 1 mile from the Baton Rouge police headquarters.  

Initially, Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said he did not know the extent of the injuries or the precise number of officers injured.

He said that authorities believe the "scene is contained," meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.

A witness told WBRZ-TV, a man was dressed in black with his face covered was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza, according to Fox radio affiliate WJBO.

Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Fox8 Live reported that police were responding to a report of officers shot.

Multiple agencies are responding to the scene, the station reported.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported the area was closed to traffic.

Baton Rouge and other cities across the nation have seen anti-police protests since the deaths this month of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men shot and killed by cops.

Sterling, 37, was shot and killed July 5 as he wrestled with two white police officers outside the Baton Rouge convenience store where he sold music and movies on compact discs. Police say he was armed.

Castile, 33, was shot and killed July 6 while in a vehicle with his girlfriend in the St. Paul, Minn., suburb of Falcon Heights.

On July 8, five Dallas police officers were gunned down in a sniper attack by Micah Johnson, 25, who was angry over the recent shootings by police and “wanted to kill white people,” according to authorities. Johnson was later killed by a police department robot.