3 police officers were killed and several others injured Sunday morning during a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, La. The suspect, who was later identified as Gavin Eugene Long, was also killed.
Long, 29, is said to have been linked to a black separatist group. Long was also a heavily decorated Marine who served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009 as a data network specialist. He was discharged in 2010.
One of the slain officers was identified as 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, a 10-year-veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. The second victim was identified as Matthew Gerald, 41.
The third slain officer was identified as 45-year-old East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola. He was a 24-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III.
Just last week, Jackson posted a compassionate plea on Facebook about the Dallas shootings, and questioned his role as a black police officer.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” Jackson wrote on his Facebook page on July 8, the morning after the Dallas attack. “I swear to God I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform, I get nasty hateful looks, and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core.”
“This city MUST and WILL get better,” he added, bringing his post back home to Baton Rouge, his own constituency. “I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”