Suspect in Baton Rouge Police Officer Shooting Identified: Reports
The suspect died in a shootout with police and has been identified as Gavin Long, according to multiple reports. The day of the shooting marks Long’s 29th birthday and he was from Kansas City, Missouri. It is not clear why he was in Baton Rouge.
The victims were from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office, authorities announced in .
Two other suspects may still be at large, but state police confirmed that there is “no active shooter situation” in the city.
A source told Reuters that there is reason to believe the suspect called 911 to lure police to the scene of the crime.
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In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama called the shooting a “cowardly and reprehensible assault.”
“The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans,” he said, “part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.”