UPDATED, 6:23 p.m. ET: The gunman who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge is identified as Gavin Eugene Long by law enforcement. He was 29 years old and from Kansas City, Mo., according to ABC News. Police sources tell CNN that July 17 was his 29th birthday.
Suspect shot, killed in Baton Rouge identified as Gavin Long, law enforcement sources say - CBS News, NBC News, AP https://t.co/khUfD81FIN— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) July 17, 2016
The names of the officers killed in the Baton Rouge shooting have been released to the public. They are as follows:
Officer Montrell L. Jackson
Officer Matthew Gerald
See original story below.
At least seven officers have reportedly been shot and three killed by an active shooter in Baton Rouge, La. The "heavily armed" gunman is still at large, and police are urging people to stay inside, BuzzFeed reports.
ACTIVE SHOOTER:— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) July 17, 2016
- Baton Rouge
- 7 officers shot
- 3 officers DEAD
- Heavily armed gunman at large
- Stay indoorspic.twitter.com/i87Vjddv6k
According to CNN's source, police received a call of a "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rife." The man opened fire when police arrived. "There is still an active scene. They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything," Kip Holden, the mayor of Baton Rouge, said. He added that the shooter is believed to be down.
Watch footage of the shooting in Baton Rouge in which at least two police officers were killed https://t.co/hurK8Le9ih— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 17, 2016
The Westside bureau chief for a Baton Rouge newspaper took to Twitter to post a statement from the Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Just in from EBR Sheriff's Office pic.twitter.com/DGW8nI6rSa— Terry L Jones (@tjonesreporter) July 17, 2016
According to WBRZ-TV's Michael Vinsanau, two Baton Rouge police officers and one East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy have been killed, USA Today reports.
NBC Nightly News relayed MSNBC's report that Holden said there was no protest going on when the law enforcement officers were shot about a mile from police headquarters.
"No protest whatsoever" was taking place when officers were ambushed about a mile from police HQ, Baton Rouge mayor tells @MSNBC.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 17, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards called the shooting an "unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us" in a statement.
According to a tweet by AP, a police spokesperson says two persons of interest have been detained. There names have not been released yet.
BREAKING: Police spokesman says 2 "persons of interest" in the killing of 3 police officers have been detained near Baton Rouge.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 17, 2016
This story is currently developing.