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Local law enforcement, leaders react to Baton Rouge shooting

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Baton Rouge Police with assault rifles block Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) Baton Rouge Police with assault rifles block Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

After three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday morning, local Connecticut leaders and police departments offered their thoughts and prayers.

Six officers were shot on Sunday morning, and three of them lost their lives. Officials said one suspect was reported to be dead, and police were searching for two more possible suspects.

On Sunday morning, Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley tweeted a statement that said, in part, “All members of the Hartford Police Department are reminded to maintain situational awareness at all times and utilize sound officer safety tactics and techniques.”

The Windsor Locks Police Department posted a statement that said “Our hearts are again heavy with more loss and violence upon our LEO brothers in Baton Rouge. We are still experiencing levels of unprecedented violence against police all across the country. Stay safe, remain vigilant, and thank you all for your support!”

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara tweeted a statement that said "This news of more officers targeted & killed is horrible. Please know the men and women @FPDCT remain committed to #makingfairfieldsafer."

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said "Every American must condemn this insanity. Praying for the officers and families in Baton Rouge. Grateful to our HPD officers here."

The South Windsor Police Department took to social media saying "Prayers...especially now to these Baton Rouge Officers, but really...to each and every Law Enforcement Officer. The men and women of the SWFD Stand tall with our Brothers/Sisters in Blue in South Windsor and everywhere! God Bless!"

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal released a statement that said “My heart goes out to loved ones of the brave, effective law enforcers who have been lost or injured in #BatonRouge. This violence must stop.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said “Another act of heartbreaking violence in Baton Rouge. We cannot continue to let hate drive our actions.”

Congressman John Larson tweeted a statement that said "My prayers are with the victims and their loved ones in #BatonRouge today."

On Sunday, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association released a statement that said "The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) wants to express its deepest sympathy to the community of Baton Rouge, Louisiana following news of today's murder of two police officers and one sheriff's deputy, as well as the wounding of three other law enforcement personnel. This latest senseless event is another attempt to violently rip apart the very fabric of the nation. The motive for these shootings is as yet unknown, while the investigation is very active and ongoing, but one thing is apparent, those of us in leadership roles, whether elected or appointed public officials, members of the clergy, civic  or social activists, must be careful in the words we choose for the comments we make concerning problems in our society. Genuine discussions about police cannot be comprised solely of accusations against officers who are sworn to protect all citizens, not just a particular race or class of people. Careless statements can encourage those intent on harming law enforcement to act on their beliefs, no matter how misguided. Violence against police can never be excused or justified because of a person's grievance or perception of mistreatment by law enforcement officers. The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association extends its sincerest condolences to the people of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department and especially, the families, friends and fellow officers of the fallen and injured. We pray for them and for our country to recover and mend what divides this nation."

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