Three cops were shot dead in an early morning ambush in Louisiana on July 17. Three more were wounded. A suspect has been shot dead by responding officers in the city of Baton Rouge. The attack happened in the same place where there have been widespread protests over the shooting death of black man Alton Sterling earlier this month. It also comes just a month after Micah Johnson shot and killed several officers in Dallas during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. The Baton Rouge cop killer has been named as Gavin Long of Kansas City.
The wounded cops were "lured" into a building by shooters, reports WDSU's Jennifer Crockett. The FBI's New Orleans Division responded to the scene in Baton Rouge along with the ATF. In a statement, President Obama, condemned the killings, saying in part, "For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop." The president also paid tribute to the fallen, saying, "Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all."
According to a statement from the Louisiana State Police, the wounded officers are members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies. Two of the dead officers were Baton Rouge cops while on was an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that the suspect who was killed was a Missouri man while two other men are being questioned as persons of interest. The weapon used in the shootings was an assault rifle.
Here are the photos that celebrate the lives of the fallen, lives that were ended far too soon: