Police in Baton Rouge foiled a plot to kill cops after nine guns were stolen from a pawn shop over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.
Four people — Antonio Thomas, 17; Malik Bridgewater, 20; Trashone Coats, 23; and an unnamed 13-year-old boy — were part of the “substantial credible threat” to shoot Baton Rouge officers in retaliation for the death of Alton Sterling.
Sterling was shot dead by a Baton Rouge officer last week. His death, and that of Philando Castile in Minnesota, set off protests across the country and led to the fatal shooting of five cops in Dallas. Baton Rouge police said they took the threat seriously after the Dallas officers were murdered Thursday at a rally.
Three people, including the 13-year-old involved in the burglary, have been arrested and seven of nine guns stolen have been recovered. A fourth suspect is still at large.