Roanoke church leaders react to Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Authorities talk to the driver of a car near an area where several officers were shot while on duty less than a mile from police headquarters, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mike Kunzelman) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Church leaders in Southwest Virginia are reacting to the latest police shooting that left three dead and three hurt in Baton Rouge.

The pastor of Mount Zion AME Church, Amy Ziglar said she like so many others are saddened to learn innocent lives were lost in the Baton Rouge shooting, especially  after 5 officers died in the Dallas shooting less than two weeks ago.

Baton Rouge's mayor has said 3 police officers have died and three more were injured in the attack, leaving church leaders to wonder the reason why.

"Is it to get even, what is the reason? My heart again is made sad, it's hard to sleep at not for praying, I'm not so worried that I can't pray, I'm very worried, I'm very concerned about the United States of America, I'm concerned about Virginia, I'm concerned about copycats," Ziglar said.

Leaders at Paradise Cathedral Church, in the Star City said they are saddened by this most recent shooting. They also expressed concerns about the violence happening across the country and the shootings of black men by police such as Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

They said laws need to be updated to build trust between officers and communities so people will not fear police and try to take matters into their own hands if nothing happens.

"The laws are not coinciding with updated technology, now when someone is caught doing something they need to be held accountable an officer shouldn't be held to a different standard if he is caught shooting or murdering anybody," Shawn Hunter, the Community Outreach Director at Paradise Cathedral Church said.

Leaders at Paradise Cathedral Church are hosting a "Stop the Violence" meeting Monday evening at 7pm. The event is free for the public. Mayor Sherman Lea and new Roanoke City Police Chief Tim Jones will speak.