Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"These officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated."

Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmondson briefed reporters about the attack and provided a great deal of new information and photos at a press conference today.  Three officers were killed yesterday.  One East Baton Rouge Parish deputy is fighting for his life while another faces more surgeries.

 Start watching the video at 11:30.  Colonel Edmondson takes viewers through the timeline and diagram at 18:00. It is a very informative part of the briefing.  He takes the readers through the attack.

The Louisiana State Police posted this information on its Facebook page:

Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson’s Comments:

Our hearts are broken but our spirit is intact. Our soul has survived an unthinkable crime committed against this community.

• In this ongoing investigation, the most compelling piece of evidence is the video. It is chilling in the sheer brutality of the shooting. There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated. It was a calculated act against those who work to protect this community every day.

• As the lead agency, the Louisiana State Police is going wherever this investigation takes us. We are working hand in hand with the assistance of police, sheriffs and Federal partners within Louisiana and outside of our state.

• We are building a timeline from approximately 8:40 Sunday morning, and are working backwards to determine where the suspect has been, who he may have associated or spoken with, and if anyone else was involved in this assault or had advance knowledge of his intentions.

• However, we are confident that this suspect was the only shooter at the scene actively involved in the attack. Whether others may have been involved in some other fashion remains to be determined.

• We do believe the suspect had been in our community for at least several days.

• With respect to the weapons, 3 guns have been recovered and are being analyzed both through forensics and determining ownership history:

o IWI Tavor SAR, 5.56 caliber rifle
o Springfield XD 9, 9mm caliber pistol
o Stag Arms M4 Variant, 5.56 caliber rifle was staged at the vehicle

• A Chevy Malibu rental from Missouri was recovered from the scene. We are working to determine where the car has been and are continuing to process it for evidence. (Colonel Edmondon said someone was updating his social media pages after he was dead.)

• One of the more challenging aspects of the investigation is examining the social media footprint of the suspect. It appears that he used social media extensively.

• Multiple other pieces of evidence have been seized and we are deploying all investigative methods to exploit their evidentiary value including forensics, electronics, ballistics, and behavioral examinations

• We continue to ask anyone who may have information related to the suspect or his motives to call: ** 1-800-CALL-FBI **

There is a specific prompt to provide information related to this incident.

• We are asking for your help in protecting the integrity of this investigation. While there is much that we know, there is also much that remains to be learned. We owe it to these officers to get this investigation right. The public demands nothing less.

Kingfish note: Colonel Edmondson said a sniper killed Gavin Long with a shot that was over 100 yards. Sheriff Gautreaux said it was a very difficult shot. He also said that Long would have moved on to another scene if the SWAT team had not arrived when it did. Long was only a few blocks away from Baton Rouge Police headquarters.


Anonymous said...

Several questions haven't been answered. Do they actually know why he was in BR? How long had he been in BR? How did he get to the scene of the shooting? Where was he staying in BR? Early on they said he was in BR celebrating his birthday. Did he have friends there? If so, have they been questioned? Where is his vehicle?

Anonymous said...

I listened to the news conference. I believe it was a FBI agent that stated there were words we should all remember, "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Well, I'm no FBI agent but, that's not how I remember the pledge. But, I hope they are all praying to "GOD", as am I, to heal the officers that survived. Hopefully "HE" is listening but didn't hear his name left out? Either you are a believer or you are not!

Anonymous said...

@9:48 - It only gets worse, go to 15:00 minutes on the video and he, the FBI agent says he is going to quote 7 words from the Pledge, the one we all learned as toddlers. Not only did he leave "GOD" out, he can't count. That was 9 words! Please "GOD" bless that man.....

Kingfish said...

We've got three officers killed, three others shot and one of them might still die, we are trying to find out at the briefing waht happened and you are worried about the Pledge?

Give it a rest.

Anonymous said...

How about we stop thumping the bible for a couple of minutes? People dies. Let that sink in before complaining.

Anonymous said...

With my deepest Southern accent, to 9:48 and 10:03, "Bless your little hearts."

Anonymous said...

In the original form there wasn't any mention of god. It was changed in 1954 to include god. Maybe the man like the original form better.

Anonymous said...

Whassup with all of these anti-God people on here? Let's pray for 'em.

Johnny Weir said...

I really get a kick out of the Obama administration. He speaks out both sides of his mouth. On one hand he says We got your (policeman)back & on the other hand he let's his federal attorney general go full throttle to attack policemen.
Why, doesn't Obama call this a terrorism act. The police killer belonged to a fringe black extremist group.
The police are the only ones between us & anarchy. The Feds really could care less.

Anonymous said...

Since Oboma has their backs, and since he thinks the only law that matters is federal, not local, and since He has the power to make up laws (despite the fact the some call him a 'constitutional scholar'), why doesn't he just make up a law that says if you are accused of killing law enforcement personnel, your trial and any appeals go to the front of the line. You don't wait for any other cases to be decided. Justice swift and sure. If you make it a priority case seems like you could have a trial, appeal, and execution within a year.

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