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On July 5, Alton Sterling was killed by police officers in Baton Rouge. Two days later in downtown Dallas, at the end of a peaceful protest against the police killings of Sterling and other black men, a lone shooter gunned down five police officers.

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A makeshift memorial at the commercial plaza where three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were killed.
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and state law enforcement officials revealed more details about the events that led to the shooting deaths of three local law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge.

 


The investigation into the deadly Baton Rouge police shootings is focusing on what prompted the attacker to open fire. 

After a man attacked several law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, killing three of them, Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie said the attack demonstrated the need for so-called "militarized tactics" by local police forces.

The shooting involved a man armed with two long rifles and a handgun, police said at a press conference Monday. He appeared to be seeking out officers, officials say, describing the attack as an "ambush" and an "assassination."

He was killed by a member of a SWAT team firing from more than 100 yards away, police officials say.

The man who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday was a former Marine who served in Iraq. Gavin Eugene Long, who is black, carried out the attack on his 29th birthday. Officials say he had no known ties to radical groups and may have acted alone.

Update July 18, 1:34 p.m.

 

Kansas City, Missouri, police say the man arrested Sunday afternoon at the house on 77th Terrace linked to the Gavin Eugene Long was picked up on a "minor warrant."

The man who shot and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday was a former Marine who was seeking out police for an ambush attack, officials say.

Police tell NPR the attacker — who died in a shootout with police — was Gavin Eugene Long, of Kansas City, Missouri.

In a press conference Monday, law enforcement officials said the gunman behaved "tactically" and appeared to intentionally target law enforcement officers. Long appeared to have been in Baton Rouge, La., for several days before the attack, they said.

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