Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Emotional Plea: “… We Will Surely Perish As A...

Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Emotional Plea: “… We Will Surely Perish As A People.”


The governor asked for prayers, the police chief and mayor asked for prayers.

They didn’t provide much information about the shooting in Baton Rouge that left three police dead and three more injured.

All of the officers killed had wives and children. Most had many years of service with their respective agencies.

One of the officers is in critical condition and is fighting for his life.

There were three suspects – one, who was from Missouri, was killed by officers. The other two made it across the Mississippi River before being captured.

Meanwhile, NBC News is reporting the name of the suspect is Gavin Long, a St. Louis resident born in 1987. So far, there is no further information on Long.

Here’s how The Advocate reports on the timeline of what happened:

Long was reported initially to police around 8:40 a.m. as carrying a rifle, he said.

Dispatch reports on police scanners show police on Sunday morning were responding to a report of a man armed with an assault rifle near the B-Quik store on Airline Highway across the street from Hammond Aire Plaza.

About 8:45 a.m., an officer makes a report about a “lady who came up and said there was a suspect walking with a (unintelligible) and an assault rifle out here behind the store.”

Two minutes later, there were frantic calls for help.

“Shots fired, officer down, shots fired, officer down!” an officer could be heard yelling. “Got a city officer down, shots fired! Shots fired on Airline!”

Officers initially could not determine where the shots were coming from.

“I don’t know where he’s f*** shooting from,” one yelled.

“We do not have a 40 on the shooter, he is not in sight, possibly a sniper,” an officer said. “We need the Bear Cat!”

The armored vehicles were apparently used to collect and transport officers who had been shot.

Then an injured officer can be heard: “I’m hit, left arm.”

Within 10 minutes, an officer was on his way to the hospital.

A few seconds after that, officers spotted what they described as a “second” shooter.

“We have eyes on a subject,” he said.

At that point there was another frantic call of an “officer down.”

A call went out for the Bear Cat to collect the officer who had been shot.

They described a suspect wearing a mask: “One subject, all black carrying an A-R.”

The encounter with the gunman played out over the course of about 30 minutes, according to a review of police dispatch reports. Officers who responded were fired upon within minutes of arriving and the scene on Airline was basically secured after the first suspect was pinned down and killed, although two others were being sought.

Governor John Bel Edwards said he didn’t have the words to express how he was feeling – words he hoped would help heal.

Nobody had the words, really. But Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux came closest, making an emotional plea:

“To me, this is not so much about gun control,” he said. “As it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation – as a people – to heal as a people. If we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.”