Baton Rouge Police: Burglary at pawn shop part of plot to shoot police officers

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie on Tuesday said officers have arrested three men they believe were planning to kill police.

Police said they learned of the plot when an officer responded to a burglary at a pawn shop early Saturday morning and arrested 17-year-old Antonio Thomas in the store. Chief Dabadie said Thomas had one handgun and one BB gun and told investigators he and three others stole firearms and were also seeking bullets to shoot police officers. Thomas was accused of burglary and theft of a firearm and booked into parish prison.

Detectives have arrested two other suspects in the case, including a 13-year-old boy. One suspect remains at large, the chief said.

20-year-old Malik Bridgewater was arrested on Sunday at his home and was charged with burglary and theft of a firearm.

Eight handguns were stolen from the pawnshop, six of which have been recovered, Debadie said. Detectives say Bridgewater had three stolen guns on him. 

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