Baton Rouge: Three Cops shot dead

SKY NEWS:- The gunman who shot dead three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the same man later shot dead, according to authorities.

The three officers, two from the city’s police department and one from the sheriff’s office, were ambushed while responding to reports of gunfire on Sunday morning.

Initially it was thought there were two more suspects at large but Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson said: “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.”

The gunman has been named in US media reports as Gavin Eugene Long, a 29-year-old African-American from Kansas City.

He is reported to have been a Dean’s List student at the University of Alabama in 2012.

According to a source quoted by Reuters, there is “reason to believe” that a 911 call was used to lure police to the scene where they would be shot at.

Two people have been detained in another town called Addis, which is near Baton Rouge, and called them “persons of interest”.

Three other police officers were shot and injured – one, aged 41, is in a critical condition and two others, 51 and 49, suffered life-threatening wounds but are described as being in a stable condition.

he officers killed have not been identified but were a sheriff deputy aged 45 and two police officers aged 45 and 32.

Police chiefs appeared at a press conference calling for residents to unite in the face of the violence.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said: “To me, this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts.

“And, until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.”

A witness told WBRZ News that a man, dressed in black with his face covered, shot indiscriminately as he walked between a convenience store and a car wash early on Sunday morning.

The shootings happened less than a mile from the state capital’s police headquarters.

Police asked residents to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious.

The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, asked the public to pray for the officers involved and their families, adding: “Rest assured, every resource available to the state of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”

He added: “We have to do better.

“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us and the people who carried out the attack, the individuals, they do not represent the people of Baton Rouge or the state of Louisiana or what’s best about our country.

“They don’t represent the values we stand for.”

Although officials say the scene seems to have been contained, locals are being urged to stay away from the area.

President Barack Obama said the shooting underscored the danger law enforcement officials faced but that the killer “will not be the last to make us try to turn on each other”.

“Regardless of motive, the death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day, and we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement.”

Baton Rouge hit the headlines earlier this month after a black man was controversially shot dead by officers in the city.

The father-of-five who died, Alton Sterling, was laid to rest at a three-hour service in Baton Rouge on Friday.

A wave of nationwide protests followed after Sterling was killed – and at one demonstration in Dallas, a gunman opened fire and killed five white police officers.

Following the shooting, the head of the Cleveland Police Union has called on the governor of Ohio to declare a state of emergency and suspend laws allowing people to openly carry firearms during the Republican convention.

On Facebook, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wrote: “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said: “There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.”


  1. The Commentator
    July 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    America is on the brink of a dangerous race war.

  2. The Commentator
    July 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I remember the prophetic song “War” by Bob Marley;
    “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and the other inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, me say war…..
    Until the colour of a man’s skin is no more significant than the colour of his eyes, me say war…

  3. Sad-But-True
    July 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Race war? Lol.
    The race war began during Slavery. And it has always been going on.
    When a People (African Americans,) are constantly being attacked, dehumanized, demonized, killed by KKK white thugs dressed as police officers for selling CDs or a busted tail-light, and your cries and pleas have been falling on deaf ears, what do you think will eventually happen?
    The Bible supports the Notion that a man has to defend himself at all cost.
    Why isn’t the US Federal Government, refusing to reform the Police Departments?
    (Words removed)

  4. Sad-But-True
    July 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Notice how white America is now bashing the “Black Lives Matter” Movement. When this Movement was forced to be Birthed, to bring attention to what is happening to Black Americans. They are all over the media spreading negative propaganda about the movement. But will support their Domestic Terrorist (the KKK,) who has been allowed to lynch African Americans on a daily basis with impunity. This is the SAME USA WHO WANTS TO LABEL OTHER COUNTRIES WITH POOR HUMAN RIGHTS ‘RECORDS.’ Yet, THEY HAVE NO REGARD FOR BLACKS IN THE US.

    1. The Commentator
      July 17, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      My brother, I refer you to another song by Bob Marley titled ” No More Trouble;”
      ” We don’t need no more trouble, what we need is love”
      We must learn from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and from Mahatma Ghandi that in finding a solution to oppression the non-violent approach can cause a tectonic shift. The killing of white officers by black men will only play into the hands of white extremists (like Donald Trump) who will target innocent black people. Look now some persons have petitioned the White House to label “Black Lives Matter” as a terrorist group.

      1. Sad-But-True
        July 18, 2016 at 12:35 am

        They have Petitioned it, because it makes them uncomfortable.
        White Americans do not want to lose their so-called “white privilege.” So whatever or whoever challenges it, will be met with great resistance.
        But they refuse to have an honest discussion about it. White America, should NEVER be allowed to be comfortable in this matter.


  5. Anonymous
    July 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    As an African American I have one problem with the black Lives Matter movement, they only seem to care about blacks live when it’s the police doing the killings. Our lives should matter at ALL TIME. Whether it’s BLACK ON BLACK or WHITE ON BLACK OR POLICE AND BLACK. Not one of the blacks lives matters leaders come out to speak when young black MEN are killing each other. When innocent kids at a BBQ in Chicago gets killed because some FOOL brought a GUN to a party. When innocent people are being shot time and time again. OUR LIVES MATTER ALL THE TIME NOT ONLY WHEN IT INVOLVES POLICE SHOOTINGS. THEY SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST ALL VIOLENCE ON BLACKS.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 19, 2016 at 1:59 am

      You are NOT an African American and if you are, you are detrimental to all African Americans seeking some form of Dignity in a country that hates them.