Reports soon surfaced that the armed man lay in wait for the officers and then opened fire on them upon their arrival. It was at that time the 3 officers were murdered.
Later in the afternoon, after the story broke, State Police Col. Mike Edmonson announced at a press conference…
“There is not an active shooter scenario in Baton Rouge. We do believe the person that shot and killed our officers, that he is the person who was shot and killed at the scene,”
Responding to the tragedy President Barack Obama held a press conference stressing the danger that police face day-to-day and urging unity among racial and political groups…
“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. We don't need inflammatory rhetoric. We don't need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda.”
Watch the full address here…
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This was the fourth incident of gun violence in just two weeks that he has addressed publicly.
The officers who lost their lives today are Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45.
The shooter has been identified as a 29 year-old marine sergeant with no criminal record named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. He is not connected with any groups foreign or domestic.
This tragedy occurs less than two weeks after a local man, Alton Sterling, was shot to death by police in a case that drew national attention. Today's shootings took place about 5 miles from where Sterling lost his life.