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Baton Rouge police shooting updates: Gunman had been in city for several days before attack, police say

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.


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