"It is chilling in the sheer brutality", Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Monday, describing surveillance videos that recorded Long as he gunned down three law enforcement officers Sunday and wounded three more before he was shot and killed.
The day of the attack, officials confirmed that officers shot and killed a suspect, but did not officially release his identity. The shots were heard throughout America, which is reeling with the 2nd massive attack on law enforcement officer considering that 5 were killed in Dallas . Another officer and one other deputy suffered less severe wounds.
The witness, who did not give his name, said he was at the auto wash when he saw the gunman, 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, walking behind his truck.
The head of a Cleveland police union, Steve Loomis, said he was concerned about copycat shootings and called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to declare a state of emergency and suspend laws allowing for the open carry of firearms during the Republican convention.
Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, was also killed by Long. Obama is interested in additional steps that can be taken to protect law enforcement officers, Earnest said Tuesday. He added: "His movements, his direction, his attention was on police officers". The killing was captured on cellphone video, sparking widespread protests against police treatment of the African-American community.
A Baton Rouge police S.W.A.T. team shot and killed Long.
The third injured officer was taken to another hospital and his condition was unknown.
Based on his online postings, the shooter in Baton Rouge was extremely angry with the killing of black men at the hands of white police officers and said sometimes it is necessary "to go to war".
Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed a group of Black police officers at the 40 annual National Organizational of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning.
The president said he'll use his remaining months as president to figure out which practices work best, and how to help rebuild trust between police and the communities they serve.
This comes following a series of violent incidents targeting police officers. It was meant to help drug-enforcement efforts, but was expanded in 1997 to include other law enforcement purposes."In a report previous year, the American Civil Liberties Union concluded policing in the US had become 'excessively militarized.' It found, for example, that 79 percent of SWAT team deployments were for the goal of simply executing a search warrant". Obama called for unity and urged Americans to channel their anger about police shootings and race into a search for peaceful solutions.
The city is in Livingston Parish, about 13 miles from Baton Rouge, with a history of racial tension. "The death of these three courageous officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day".
Both attacks on members of law enforcement came after two Black men were fatally shot by police earlier this month.
"Any attack on police is an unjustified attack on all of us", the president wrote.
Obama also noted that Sunday's shootings came just ahead of the Republican and Democratic Party presidential nominating conventions. The Republican convention started Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.