METAIRIE, LA — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the below statement following today’s attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, La.:

“Today we’re heartbroken and angered by the news that police officers in Baton Rouge were targeted and killed while carrying out their daily jobs protecting and serving our communities. Jennifer and I are praying for the officers who swore to protect our communities, but won’t return home tonight, and for their families. The intentional targeting and murder of our law enforcement officers is not justified and must end now. We cannot allow anger and violence to tear us apart. It pains me that once again I must implore all Americans, especially in my home state of Louisiana, to commit ourselves to words and deeds that heal and bring peace; that combat lawlessness and promote justice. As the facts surrounding this tragedy continue to unfold, Jennifer and I will continue to pray for the victims of today’s attack and support our law enforcement heroes as they search for those who committed these horrible crimes.”