Baton Rouge police reportedly just foiled a Dallas-style plot to kill police officers in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana city where Alton Sterling was shot by police last week.
According to CBS News, three people, including one juvenile, were arrested in a plan to use stolen firearms from a Baton Rouge–area pawn shop to kill officers during protests — which have been sweeping the city — in response to the Sterling shooting.
At least eight guns were stolen from Cash America pawn shop over the weekend. Federal agents raided a Baton Rouge home late Monday and recovered six of the stolen weapons. Two are reportedly still missing.
During a press conference Tuesday, officials said they were aware of a “credible” threat to officers, and it’s one of the reasons police wore riot and protective gear during protests over the past few nights. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson told the Advocate: “We do believe there’s enough of a credible threat based on what we saw in Dallas and what we’re hearing around the country and in Baton Rouge, that there are individuals that would like to see harm to a police officer.”