Police in Baton Rouge arrested three, and are searching for a fourth, in an alleged plot to shoot and kill law enforcement officers that was uncovered while investigating the theft of eight guns at a pawn shop over the weekend.
One of the arrested suspects was a 13-year-old, said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, CNN reported.
Another told police he was trying “to get bullets to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge police department,” Dabadie said, the Hill reported.
Seven of the eight guns taken from a Cash America Pawn Store have been recovered, said Joseph Belisle, resident agent for ATF, at a press conference reported by Breitbart.
Breitbart also reported first-hand witnessing of “outside agitators” heading into Baton Rouge in the days since police fatally shot Alton Sterling, fueling protests across the country. Police, in response, have been fairly aggressive in their approach to weeding out the agitators – and in investigating the gun theft from the pawn shop, an act East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux described as a “very real and viable threat.”
And in response to those in the community who’ve wondered about the level of police intensity in recent days, Gautreaux also said, on CNN: “We can’t take anything for granted any more. What you saw in the [law enforcement community] response is because of the very real and viable threats against law enforcement. Look what happened in Dallas. A very peaceful protest and then some crazy madman. … Our goal has always been and it always will be to protect and serve the public, all of the public, including those who have a right to peacefully protest. But we’re also going to protect our rights as law enforcement officers sworn to uphold and protect those laws.”