Would any gun control law have prevented these thug criminals from breaking the law? No, but they did it anyway. Does this prove why cops are so on edge about protecting themselves?
Police have arrested three suspects and were seeking a possible fourth accused of stealing several handguns as part of a ‘substantial, credible threat’ to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area.
Authorities in Baton Rouge discovered the alleged plot while responding to a burglary at a pawn shop early on Saturday morning, Baton Rouge police Chief Carl Dabadie said in a press conference.
Officers had responded to an alarm at the Cash America Pawn on Government Street at around 2am.
They arrested one suspect – Antonio Thomas, 17 – at the scene with a handgun and a BB gun.
During questioning, Thomas said that he and three other suspects stole the firearms and ‘were going to get bullets to shoot police,’ authorities said.
Another suspect, Malik Bridgewater, 20, was apprehended on Sunday and a third suspect – a 13-old boy – was apprehended on a street.
On Tuesday, the chief also confirmed that Thomas told police that ‘the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers.’
Dabadie said the suspect did not give any details about when or where a possible plot would be carried out.
They called on the fourth suspect, who remains at large and has not been identified, to turn himself in.
All of the suspects are from Baton Rouge and all are black. They face charges including burglary, simple burglary, and theft of a firearm; they have not been arrested on any charges related to plotting to kill police.
Another man was arrested for allegedly purchasing two of the stolen guns illegally on the street, but he hasn’t been linked to the alleged plot, a police spokesman said.
Read more: Daily Mail