Officials break up alleged plot to kill Baton Rouge police officers

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Baton Rouge: Three people arrested in plot to kill police officers

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.

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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."

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Demonstrators raise their hands in the air as law officials march down a street during protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A demonstrator is detained during protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Law officers stand on a street during protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Kerron Stewart, 10, sits with demonstrators on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BATON ROUGE, LA -JULY 10: Protesters shout 'Hands up, don't shoot' as law enforcement gather before charging the protesters to make arrests on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA -JULY 10: People drive past the demonstration honking their car horns in support of the protesters on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Police and protesters demonstrate in a residential neighborhood in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. After an organized protest in downtown Baton Rouge protesters wondered into residential neighborhoods and toward a major highway that caused the police to respond by arresting protesters that refused to disperse. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Police march toward protesters in a residential neighborhood in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. After an organized protest in downtown Baton Rouge protesters wondered into residential neighborhoods and toward a major highway that caused the police to respond by arresting protesters that refused to disperse. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
A protester yells at police in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters after police arrived in riot gear to clear protesters from the street in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. Several protesters were arrested. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson talks to the media after his release from the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. McKesson, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
A demonstrator holds his fist in the air outside the Louisiana State Capitol building during a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A demonstrator protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A demonstrator raises his hands in front of police in riot gear during protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrators stand outside the Louisiana State Capitol building during a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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