News for Tuesday 071916
By Dave Graichen
At an afternoon press conference yesterday, more details were released about the ambush attack that left three police officers dead and three more injured in Baton Rouge. Col. Mike Edmonson says they are still trying to determine what 29-year-old Gavin Long did prior to the attack and to whom he may have spoken. Edmonson says police are also investigating suspicious activity on Long’s social media accounts. He says they recovered a rental car Long used, which is being analyzed for evidence, as well as the weapons Long had at the time of the shooting. Edmonson says they believe Long acted alone in the shooting.
There were also three officers injured in the attack. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said deputy Nicholas Tullier is in very, very critical condition. Gautreaux says another injured deputy, Bruce Simmons, was shot in the arm and a titanium rod was used to replace the bone that was shattered.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie defended law enforcement’s use of “militarized tactics” in light of the recent ambush on police officers. He says the officers who responded did exactly what they were trained to do. Dabadie says police have been questioned repeatedly over the past couple of weeks about their use of “militarized tactics.” He says the tragedy that occurred Sunday is an example of why they must be prepared to use any and all means to neutralize a threat..
The tragic police shooting in Baton Rouge is being felt at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere says many people attending the convention are praying Baton Rouge, especially the families of the police officers who were killed. Villere says he believes public safety will become an even bigger platform for national leaders in response to the tragic shootings that have taken place throughout the country.
Villere says security has been ramped up at the convention because of the recent violence.
State senator Troy Brown is facing a domestic abuse charge in Ascension Parish. Sheriff Jeff Wiley says Brown was arrested at his Geismar residence after his wife called authorities and told them that the senator was irate and bit her on the forearm. Brown was also arrested eight months ago in New Orleans for allegedly punching a woman in the eye.
Officials with the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office says the 22-year-old woman who was abducted and nearly killed is still recovering at a hospital. 35-year-old Kevin Mathis is in jail in connection with the incident and charged with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping. Authorities say the woman was found alone in a vehicle at a cemetery early Saturday morning. The case is under investigation.
The three law enforcement officers killed in Sunday’s ambush attack in Baton Rouge are being remembered today as heroes. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie says Officer Matthew Gerald was a devoted husband and father of two and joined the Baton Rouge Police Department in March. Dabadie says Gerald also served in the Marine Corp, the Army, and served three tours in Iraq. 32-year-old Corporal Montrell Jackson also lost his life and was a ten year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Chief Dabadie says Jackson had been with his wife for 10 years and they have a four month old son. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola was also killed by Gavin Long after trying to save a BRPD officer. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says Garafola leaves behind a wife and four children. He says all the officers ran toward the threat, not away from it. Fellow East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier was critically wounded and is in the hospital on life support from injuries to his head and stomach.
A murder/suicide in Sulphur has left a man and his 4-year-old-son dead. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kim Myers says several calls came into their office of people who were worried about 59-year-old Kenneth Bacque (Bah-kay) Myers says police tried to make contact with Bacque when they arrived at his residence. She says when he did not respond, police forced their way into the home. Myers says the investigation is in the preliminary stages but it appears Bacque shot his son and then shot himself.