What We Know Today – Tragedy In Baton Rouge
Three law enforcement officers are dead after they were ambushed in Baton Rouge Sunday morning around 9:00 a.m.
State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson says a total of six officers were shot. Two of the dead are from the Baton Rouge Police Department while the other is from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
The suspect in the ambush has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long.
Colonel Edmonson says there is no active shooter scenario in Baton Rouge and says the next press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday as the investigation continues.
The shooting happened less than one mile from police headquarters. The attack began at a gas station on Airline Highway. Colonel Edmonson asks everyone to avoid traveling in that area until the case has been wrapped up.
The Law Enforcement Officers
The three law enforcement officers who died on Sunday were Baton Rouge Police Department Officers 32-year-old Montrell Jackson and 41-year-old Matthew Gerald and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy 45-year-old Brad Garafola.
The three law enforcement officers who were injured on Sunday were East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy 41-year-old Nicholas Tullier, who was last reported in critical condition, as well as East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy 51-year-old Bruce Simmons and a 41-year-old Baton Rouge police officer who were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Simmons has been released from the hospital.
For profiles on the slain law enforcement officers, read this USA Today article.
The suspect has been identified as a black male named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. Long, born on July 17, 1987, is said to have made the deadly attack on his 29th birthday. According to cnn.com, Long legally changed his name to Cosmo Seteprenda
The Response From Federal & State Officials
President Barack Obama
"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible," Obama said, speaking from the White House press briefing room. "We don't need inflammatory rhetoric. We don't need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda." (Statement and audio from cnn.com)
John Bel Edwards
"This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing." (View complete statement)
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
“This is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts.”