The Latest: Slain sheriff’s deputy described as a family man


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

A neighbor of slain Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola says he was a family man.

Rhonda Smith said Sunday evening that Garafola was never seen without at least one of his four children, who range in age from 7 to 21.

Smith says Garafola was, “the epitome of a peace officer.”

A gunman killed 45-year-old Garafola, who had been with the sheriff’s office for 24 years, and two Baton Rouge police officers early Sunday before he was shot and killed.

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9:30 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has used a speech in Australia to condemn the killings of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biden told a crowd at a Boeing factory he is visiting in the city of Melbourne on Monday that the slayings were a “despicable act.”

The vice president said the details of the shootings and the motive were not yet clear. But he called the slayings “an attack on our very way of life at home.”

Biden is in Australia as part of a tour of the Pacific. He flies to Sydney later Monday to meet with the prime minister and business leaders.

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9:15 p.m.

Some New Orleans-area law enforcement agencies are doubling up in response to a shooting that killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three.

In suburban Jefferson Parish, Sheriff Newell Normand says two-officer patrols began Sunday evening and will continue until further notice. Spokesman Glen Boyd says in an emailed news release that members of the department’s specialized investigations and criminal investigations teams will join those patrols.

New Orleans police spokesman Tyler Gamble says Chief Michael Harrison decided Sunday to send two single-officer cars out on every call.

WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/29Nvzbe) reports that the Fraternal Order of Police also wants officers assigned patrol rifles and 12-hour shifts to maximize coverage.

Gamble says the department already has patrol rifles and officers trained to use them. He says Harrison is considering longer shifts.

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9:05 p.m.

A state police spokesman says two “persons of interests” who were detained earlier Sunday have been released.

Major Doug Cain said late Sunday that the individuals from Addis were questioned and released but that the investigation was still ongoing. He said no charges were filed against them.

Cain said authorities are still looking to see if the man who opened fire on police in Baton Rouge had any help — “indirectly, directly here or at home.”

A gunman killed two Baton Rouge police officers and sheriff’s deputy early Sunday before he was shot and killed.

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7:55 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the third officer killed during a shooting in Baton Rouge as sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola.

Casey Rayborn Hicks told The Associated Press Sunday that the slain deputy was 45-years-old and had been with the sheriff’s office for 24 years.

Garafola was one of three law enforcement officers shot and killed Sunday. The other two were Baton Rouge police department officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald.

Hicks also identified the injured sheriff’s deputies as 41-year-old Nicholas Tullier an 18-year veteran, and 51-year-old Bruce Simmons, a 23-year veteran.

Hicks says that Tullier is in critical condition while Simmons has non-life threatening injuries.

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7:30 p.m.

The father-in-law of a Baton Rouge police officer who was shot and killed describes him as a “gentle giant.”

Lonnie Jordan spoke to reporters on the front lawn of Montrell Jackson’s house in the rural Livingston Parish.

He said he heard about Jackson’s death while at church Sunday morning when he received a text message.

Jordan described his son-in-law as a “gentle giant” — tall and stout and formidable looking, but with a peaceful disposition.

Jordan said Jackson was “always about peace.”

Jordan said his son-in-law had been working long hours since the death of Alton Sterling and the resulting protests. But Jordan said if the work was a strain, Jackson didn’t let it show.

Montrell Jackson was one of three law enforcement officials shot and killed Sunday morning in Baton Rouge.

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The family of a 32-year-old Baton Rouge police officer killed Sunday is mourning his death and called him a man of “God, family and the police force.”

Kedrick Pitts, a 24-year-old truck driver and the younger half-brother of Montrell Jackson, said he was very close to his older brother.

He described his brother as someone dedicated to “God, family and the police force.”

Pitts and other family members were gathered outside Jackson’s mother’s house in Baton Rouge to mourn the loss of Jackson.

Pitts said his brother “went above and beyond” and that he was “a protector.”

He said his brother had been on the force for 10 years, having joined in 2006. He said he had risen to the rank of corporal.

He said Jackson has a wife and a 4-month-old son, Mason. He called Jackson a hard-working police officer who often worked seven days a week.

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7:10 p.m.

A person familiar with the investigation has identified the second slain Baton Rouge police officer as Matthew Gerald, 41.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Gerald was one of three law enforcement officers killed by a gunman Sunday in Baton Rouge.

By Mike Kunzelman reporting from Baton Rouge.

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6:45 p.m.

A friend of the family of a Baton Rouge police officer shot and killed Sunday confirms he posted an emotional Facebook message just days ago about the challenges of being a police officer.

Erika Green told The Associated Press Sunday that she is friends of the family of Montrell Jackson, the slain officer, and that she saw the message on his Facebook page.

A screenshot of the image has been widely circulating on the internet. The date was July 8, just three days after a black man was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, touching off a tense week between police and the city’s African-American population.

It is no longer on his Facebook page.

In the message, Jackson says he is physically and emotionally tired. He says while in uniform he gets nasty looks and out of uniform some consider him a threat.

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6:00 p.m.

The mother of Alton Sterling’s son says she is heartbroken for the Baton Rouge officers who were gunned down and their families and is calling for peace.

In a statement issued Sunday evening Quinyetta McMillon says she is disgusted by the despicable act of violence that resulted in the officers’ deaths and that all she and her son Cameron want is peace.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sterling, a black man, was killed by white officers on July 5 after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on widely circulated cellphone video.

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5:47 p.m.

The gunman who fatally shot three officers in Baton Rouge briefly attended the University of Alabama.

University spokesman Chris Bryant said Sunday evening that 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long, of Kansas City, Missouri, was a student for one semester in the spring of 2012.

Bryant says university police had no interaction with Long during that time.

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5:30 p.m.

A Louisiana state representative has identified one of the three officers killed Sunday and said he had a 4-month-old child.

State Rep. Ted James Sunday gave the name of the dead officer as Montrell Jackson.

James said he knows Jackson and his family personally and spoke to the family earlier Sunday.

Jackson was one of three officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge Sunday morning. Three others were also wounded.

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5:15 p.m.

Law enforcement officers have converged on a house in Kansas City, Missouri, that is listed for a man named Gavin Long. An Associated Press reporter said some officers had weapons drawn from behind trees and others were behind police cars and unmarked cars in the residential neighborhood.

An officer who did not identify himself and asked reporters to move away, saying that authorities were trying to ensure that there was no one in the house.

The small turquoise frame house with a front porch is in a lower income neighborhood in the southern part of the city.

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4:27 p.m.

According to radio traffic, Baton Rouge police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire — and for several long minutes, didn’t know where it was coming from.

The radio exchanges were made public Sunday by the website Broadcastify.

Nearly 2½ minutes after the first “Officer down!” report, an officer on the scene is heard saying they don’t know the shooter’s location.

A statement that the location is known comes nearly six minutes after the first shots are reported.

About 30 seconds later, someone says shots are still being fired.

The recording lasts about 17 minutes and includes urgent calls for an armored personnel carrier called a BearCat.

It does not include word that the gunman is dead.

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Online: http://www.broadcastify.com/news/20

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4:22 p.m.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation into the shooting deaths of three Baton Rouge police officers says the shooter has been identified as Gavin Long.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The official did not have any other details on Long.

-By Eric Tucker reporting from Washington

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4:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to lower avoid “overheated” rhetoric and focus on unifying words following the fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Obama is delivering a statement about the shooting from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. He says as of now, the killer’s motive is unclear. He says officials don’t know whether the killer was targeting police or killed them down as they responded to a call.

Obama is noting that the shooting and other recent incidents in Texas and elsewhere come just before the Republican and Democratic conventions are set to begin. He says that’s a time when rhetoric tends to get hotter than usual. Obama says the U.S. doesn’t need “careless accusations” intended to score points but should instead try to “temper our words.”

He says attacks like the one in Baton Rouge are happening far too often and constitute an attack on the rule of law.

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4:15 p.m.

According to radio traffic, Baton Rouge police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire — and for several long minutes, didn’t know where it was coming from.

Three law enforcement officers were killed and three wounded, one critically. Police say the suspect was shot and killed at the scene.

The radio exchanges were made public Sunday by the website Broadcastify.

Nearly 2½ minutes after the first “Officer down!” report, an officer on the scene is heard saying they don’t know the shooter’s location.

A statement that the location is known comes nearly six minutes after the first shots are reported.

About 30 seconds later, someone says shots are still being fired.

The recording lasts about 17 minutes and includes urgent calls for an armored personnel carrier called a BearCat.

It does not include word that the gunman is dead.

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Online: http://www.broadcastify.com/news/20

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4:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton condemned the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon the Democratic presidential nominee 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.”

Clinton said that violence must be rejected to “strengthen our communities.”

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4:55 p.m.

A spokesman for the Louisiana state police says they believe the gunman who killed three officers in Baton Rouge was the only shooter but that officials are unsure whether he had accomplices.

Major Doug Cain said Sunday, “we are not ready to say he acted alone.”

Cain says two people had been detained in another town called Addis, which is near Baton Rouge, and called them “persons of interests.”

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4:20 p.m.

The governor of Louisiana says the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge was unjustified.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told media Sunday afternoon that the gunman committed, “an absolutely unspeakable, heinous attack.”

Edwards says the hatred has got to stop.

Three officers are confirmed dead in the attack outside a store in Baton Rouge about a mile from police headquarters early Sunday morning. Three others are injured. The gunman was fatally shot.

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4:10 p.m.

Police say there is no active shooter in Baton Rouge where three police officers were killed Sunday morning.

Col. Mike Edmonson told media, “We believe that the person who shot and killed our officers that he was the person that was shot and killed at the scene.

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3:45 p.m.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to the police shootings Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says there is no place in the United States for such appalling violence.

In a statement issued Sunday, Lynch says she condemns the shooting deaths of three officers and the wounding of several others “in the strongest possible terms.” She also is pledging the full support of the Justice Department as the investigation unfolds.

The attorney general says Agents from the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are on the scene, and Justice Department will make available victim services and federal funding support, and provide investigative assistance to the fullest extent possible.

Lynch says everyone’s hearts and prayers are with the fallen and wounded officers, their families and the entire Baton Rouge community in “this extraordinarily difficult time.”

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2:15 p.m.

A witness tells WAFB-TV (http://www.wafb.com/) that he saw a masked man in black shorts and shirt running from the scene where three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were shot and killed.

Brady Vancel says the man looked like a pedestrian running with a rifle in his hand, rather than someone trained to move with a rifle.

Vancel says he’d gone to work on a flooring job on a street behind the gas station where authorities say the shooting occurred. He said he heard semi-automatic fire and perhaps a handgun.

He saw a man in a red shirt lying in an empty parking lot and “another gunman running away as more shots were being fired back and forth from several guns.”

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1:45 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump is blaming a “lack of leadership” for Sunday’s shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Trump says in a statement posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages that “We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today.”

Three officers are dead and three others wounded after the shooting less than one mile from local police headquarters.

Trump is placing the blame on a lack of leadership and is demanding “law and order.”

He asks, “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”

The violence comes less than a month after a pair of police shootings prompted the assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

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1:40 p.m.

The nephew of a Baton Rouge man shot and killed last week says he condemns the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers.

Terrance Carter spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday by telephone from his work. He said the family just wants things to be peaceful and said his uncle, Alton Sterling, would not want this.

Authorities said that three law enforcement officers were shot to death early Sunday. Three others were wounded. One suspect was also shot and killed, and authorities are still searching for two more.

It was not immediately clear why the officers were shot.

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12:15 p.m.

Police in Baton Rouge say a gas station not far from police headquarters is where three law enforcement officers were shot to death early Sunday. One suspect was also shot and killed.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr. says the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

He says the suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center.

Three other law enforcement officers were injured. Authorities believe two suspects may still be at large.

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12:45 p.m.

A spokesman for the Louisiana governor says that the governor is at the hospital where police officers were taken following a shooting in Baton Rouge.

Richard Carbo told The Associated Press that Gov. John Bel Edwards was meeting Sunday with officers and their families.

The city is on high alert after three officers were shot and killed Sunday morning. Three others have been wounded in the Louisiana shooting.

A sheriff’s spokesman in Baton Rouge said earlier that one suspect is dead and two others are believed to be at large.

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12:20 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has asked to be updated throughout the day as more details become available.

The White House has been in contact with local officials in Baton Rouge and offered any assistance necessary.

Obama spent most of last week focused on trying to reduce tensions and helping build trust between police and the communities they serve.

Obama attended a memorial service for five Dallas police officers last week and also led a nearly four-hour meeting featuring dozens of leaders from police organizations, community activists and elected officials.

He also spoke by telephone to the families of two black men shot in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

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11:45 a.m.

Police in Louisiana say they are using a specialized robot to check for explosives near the body of a suspect who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge early Sunday.

The suspect is believed to have been involved in the shooting of law enforcement officers in the Louisiana city early Sunday. Three officers are dead and three are hospitalized with injuries. The shooting occurred less than 1 mile from police headquarters.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. says authorities do not have an immediate indication that explosives are present.

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11:25 a.m.

Authorities say three law enforcement officers have been killed and three have been injured in a shooting in Louisiana.

A sheriff’s spokesman in Baton Rouge also said that one suspect is dead and two others are believed to be at large.

Spokesman Casey Rayborn Hicks issued a statement asking the public to report anything suspicious in the area to 911. Officers and deputies from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office were involved in the Sunday morning shooting that took place less than 1 miles from police headquarters.

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9:55 a.m.

Police in Louisiana say that more than one officer has been shot in Baton Rouge.

The shooting happened early Sunday, less than 1 mile from police headquarters.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola did not know the extent of the injuries or the precise number of officers injured.

He said that authorities believe the “scene is contained,” meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.

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This story corrects the name of the governor’s spokesman to Richard

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