Louisiana officers killed are identified; shooter also identified

Three officers who were shot and killed in a shooting that occurred in Baton Rouge on Sunday have been identified; their names and photos have been released. 

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According to the Baton Rouge Police Department Facebook page, they have identified two of their officers who were shot and killed from their department.

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Officer Montrell Jackson, 32, served a decade for the BRPD. Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, had been serving for less than a year for the BRPD. Both officers were assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau.

FB_IMG_1468820224632According to Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s department told the Associated Press, the slain deputy from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has been identified as Brad Garafola, 45, and 24-year veteran.

Also, the injured sheriff’s deputies have been identified as, Nicholas Tullier, 41, an 18-year veteran, as well as Bruce Simmons, 5, a 23-year veteran with the department.

Simmons has non-life threatening injuries and Tullier remains in critical condition.

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The suspect is identified as Gavin Eugene Long, 29, a former Marine who drove from his home in Kansas City, Missouri, to Louisiana.

The officers were responding to a call about a man in black walking around with a rifle when Long opened fire on them.

Louisiana State Policeman Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said there was no longer an active shooter, but the investigation was ongoing. The shooter died at the scene.

It was reported Long carried out this shooting on Sunday, his 29th birthday.

Gov. John Bell Edwards said, “The gunman committed an absolutely unspeakable, heinous attack, and the hatred has got to stop.”