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FLASH | 3 US Police Officers Killed, 5 Injured by Gunman Near Baton Rouge Police HQ

District Attorney Hillar Moore speaks during a news conference following a shooting in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Baton Rouge police officers who were shot early Saturday during a confrontation with a suspect were responding to a call about someone damaging property. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Three police officers have been shot dead in the US city of Baton Rouge and five others injured, US media reports say.

A police spokesman said the scene had been “contained” ,but it is not clear if any suspects have been detained.

It follows the recent killing of a black man by police in the city.

That, and a police shooting in Minnesota, led to protests across the US.

The killings triggered a revenge attack by a black army veteran who shot dead five officers in the city of Dallas.

Baton Rouge police have warned residents to stay away from the scene of the latest shooting, which was near police headquarters and Airline Highway.

Footage shown on a local TV channel, filmed on a mobile phone, showed police cars arriving at a road intersection. Several shots were then heard.

The local sheriff’s department spokeswoman told WAFB TV the incident began shortly before 09:00 local time and was still being treated as “an active situation”, with road closures in the area.

She said officers had responded to reports of shooting. A witness interviewed by the station said the shooting appeared to have broken out before law enforcement officers arrived at the scene.

Baton Rouge mayor Kip Holden said he had spoken to White House officials in Washington, who had offered assistance. He said it was “a defining moment” for community relations.

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