At least three police officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning as they were responding to a call about a man with a gun.
The incident is the nation’s fourth high-profile deadly encounter involving police in the last two weeks. The shooting of Alton Sterling on July 5, captured in an agonizing video, triggered a Justice Department civil rights investigation. A day later, a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minn., fatally shot Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop. On July 7, a gunman who claimed he was seeking revenge for Sterling’s and Castile’s deaths killed five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.
What we know so far:
- Three officers were killed, two of them from the Baton Rouge Police Department: Montrell Jackson, a black, 32-year-old father of a 4-month-old son who had worked on the force for a decade, and Matthew Gerald, a white, 41-year-old officer who had been with the department for less than a year. East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, was also killed. The father of four had been with the sheriff's office for 24 years.
- Three officers were wounded. One remained in critical condition Monday.
- The gunman, Gavin E. Long, was killed at the scene. Police initially believed there were multiple suspects, but later said the dead shooter is the only gunman.
- Long, a 29-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Kansas City, Mo. left a vast and angry online trail documenting his interest in black separatism and fury at police shootings of black men.