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Baton Rouge Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Conrad Drive where two police officers were injured and taken to a hospital on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Two Baton Rouge police officers were shot Sunday at a house in the city's Howell Park neighborhood and taken to the hospital.

[UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. Sunday: One of the officers shot has died, BRPD says.]

Spokesperson Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said the shooting occurred on Conrad Drive. The extent of the officers' injuries was not immediately known.

[NEW INFO: Source says man suspected of shooting BRPD officers allegedly killed someone earlier in day]

McKneely said police had responded to a call around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Conrad Drive, which is off North Foster Drive near its intersection with Winbourne Avenue. The shooting occurred on the lawn of a residence after officers had arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect. 

The injured officers were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said. About 40 police officers had gathered on the hospital's second floor waiting for updates on their colleagues' conditions.

A coroner's van left the hospital around 5:30 p.m. escorted by dozens of law enforcement vehicles, though officials still hadn't provided an update on the officers' conditions.

The suspect has not been taken into custody but remains barricaded inside the house where the shooting occurred, McKneely said. Police are negotiating with him to try and get the man into custody peacefully. It's unclear if anyone else is also inside the house.

[New details: Ronnie Kato, suspect in police standoff, taken into custody]

What sounded like gunfire erupted from that general area around 4 p.m. but police haven't said what happened or who was shooting. Frequent apparent gunshots were heard for about a half hour afterward.

The perimeter around the Conrad Drive scene was chaotic on Sunday afternoon. Police blocked streets up and down Winbourne Avenue and North Foster Drive.

Neighbors and onlookers crowded street corners and police tape, some donning masks, other holding up their phones to record the swarm of law enforcement vehicles. Children and parents sat on front steps, some calling out to officers for more information.

One neighbor who lives several houses away from where the officers were wounded said she heard at least three gunshots.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Email Jacqueline DeRobertis at jderobertis@theadvocate.com