The gunman who fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday "intentionally targeted and assassinated" them, police said.
This frame grab made from a video posted on YouTube on July 10, 2016, shows Gavin Eugene Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra. Long killed law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (YouTube via AP)
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said during a press conference that Gavin Long, 29, conducted a "calculated act" of violence against police.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. added that police are up against a “force that is not playing by the rules.”
“He was not going to stop here,” Dabadie said of the gunman. “I have no doubt he was heading to our headquarters. He was going to take more lives. That shot that our SWAT team made was a hell of a shot.”
Dabadie got choked up while reading a note from the wife of Montrell Jackson, one of the officers slain in the attack.
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