Four robbers broke into a pawn shop, with one of the men getting caught as he was trying to make his escape. The suspect said that they were looking for bullets so they could kill police men and women. He had a pistol and a BB gun he had stolen with him when he was caught. Using information from the man, the police arrested a second suspect and a day later arrested a 13 year old boy. The police do not have the name of the fourth man but they do have his picture. They have not released the name of the men arrested but said they would over the next few days.
From ABC News:
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson called it a “substantial, credible threat” to police.
Six of the eight stolen firearms have been recovered and two are still at large, authorities said.
A week after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by two white police officers in Baton Rouge outside a convenience store, tension are high in the city. While protesters demand justice for Sterling, the shootings in Dallas last week and other attacks on police around the country have put the police on edge.
Earlier Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defended the police response to protesters rallying against the shooting death of a black man by white officers, saying Tuesday that the riot gear and weaponry was appropriate.
“We’ve had a police officer with teeth knocked out of his face because of a rock. If you don’t have on riot gear, you have no defense against that sort of thing,” said the Democratic governor, who comes from a family of sheriffs.
“In light of what happened in Dallas, understanding that just one gunman can change the situation entirely, how do you in good conscience put police officers on the street without the ability to defend themselves?” he said.
After nearly a week of protests over the killing of Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge officers, state police and other law enforcement agencies have received criticism for their methods of dealing with demonstrators.