Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed Sunday (July 18) after former Marine, Gavin Long opened fire outside a local gas station. Three other officers were injured during the ambush and Long was killed shortly after on what was his 29th birthday.

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Around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Baton Rouge Police were responding to a report of a man with a gun dressed in black walking near the Hammond Aire Plaza shopping center. The shootout lasted less than 10 minutes, ending with Long being killed by law enforcement on the scene. Contrary to earlier reports, Long is believed to have been the only gunman.

Long was a Marine from 2005 to 2010. He was ranked a sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct.

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The slain law enforcement were Montrell L. Jackson, 32; Matthew Gerald, 41, both members of the Baton Rouge police department and Brad Garafola, 45, who was an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy.

Jackson’s Facebook post from last week is circulating around social media. In the trying times following Alton Sterling’s death, he called for peace in the city he loved. See it below.

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