A military veteran killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer. The Muslim cop killer left a sick suicide note behind that included an Islamic prayer and an online trail of rage against police.
A white police officer shot and killed a black man in Baton Rouge. Two days later Gavin Long began scouring the internet for contact information on the officers involved in the Alton Serling shooting that happened on July 5, 2016.
Almost two weeks later Long traveled to Baton Rouge looking to settle the score. The 29-year-old black man from Kansas City, MO attacked police officers just outside a car wash and convenience store that was very near the police headquarters.
Below is video of the ambush style attack.
Long armed with a semi-automatic rifle that he had purchased legally. He killed three officers and wounded three more before he was killed in a gun battle that lasted 14 minutes. This happened the morning of July 17th, which was a Sunday.
Per The Boston Herald:
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said there’s no evidence that Long acted on any information he obtained about the two officers who struggled with Sterling before one of them shot and killed him outside a convenience store. Moore also said there’s no indication that Long had any support from anyone in Baton Rouge or attended any of the nightly protests there after Sterling’s death.
“He believes that protests are worthless and that action needs to be taken, not protests,” Moore said.
Police found a suicide note in Long’s rental car. He wrote that people who knew him would be surprised he was “suspected of committing such horrendous acts of violence” but that he believed he had to inflict harm “upon bad cops as well as good cops in hopes that the good cops (which are the majority) will be able to stand together and enact justice and punishment against bad cops.”
He also left a printout in his car from an Islamic holy book that was mostly in Arabic.
FBI agents and Louisiana State Police investigators traced Long’s movements in the days leading up to the attack. They learned he arrived in Baton Rouge on July 12 and checked in and out of four different hotel rooms during his brief visit.
Another sick, planned attack on law enforcement officers. Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.