3 Baton Rouge Officers Shot And Killed Have Been Identified

Three law enforcement officers were shot and killed yesterday in Baton Rouge. Three others were shot and wounded. Major news outlets are reporting the shooter has been identified as former Marine Gavin Long, 29. According to ABC News, Long opened fire on officers responding to a 911 call of a man walking around with a rifle Sunday morning. Long was killed on the scene.

Officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald were killed in the attack.

“These men are husbands, fathers, sons and brothers,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said of the officers from his office. “We are devastated to lose one of our own, and another is now in a fight for his life.”

President Obama held a press conference Sunday on the attacks and said that “nothing justifies violence against law enforcement” and urged the violence to stop. ABC News quoted President Obama as saying,

“we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement,” he said. “Attacks on police are an attack against all of us … the rule of law that makes society possible.”

Our prayers are with the families and colleagues of the victims. For more on this developing story, please see here.

President Obama leaves the podium after his statement on the Baton Rouge shootings today.

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