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VACP recommends shrouding of badges in support of Baton Rouge police officers

July 17, 2016 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is recommending that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges in support of the fallen and injured officers in Baton Rouge, La. Shrouding is recommended through the day of the last funeral service — Monday, July 25.

Funeral arrangements set for officers Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson and Brad Garafola

BATON ROUGE — Funeral arrangements have been announced for Baton Rouge Police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, and East-Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola. The men were killed Sunday morning on Airline Highway when a gunman opened fired. 

Matthew Gerald

The former Marine and Blackhawk crew chief leaves behind a wife and a 3-year-old daughter. Officer Gerald was 41 years old.

Two public viewing have been set for Officer Matthew Gerald:

Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge.

Friday, July 22, from 9-11 a.m.
Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge.

The service will be on Friday, July 22 beginning at 11 a.m. at Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge.

Officer Matthew Gerald will be buried at Louisiana National Cemetary, 303 W. Mount Pleasant, Zachary, LA.

Montrell Jackson

Officer Jackson was a 10 year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and a four-month-old son.

Jackson’s visitation is Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Living faith Christian center, 6375 Winbourne Avenue BRLA

The service to follow beginning at 11 a.m.

Brad Garafola

Deputy Brad Garafola was a father of four. He’s also described as a good family man. Deputy Garafola was a 24-year-old veteran with the Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Visitation for Garafola is Saturday, July 23, from noon to 2 p.m.
Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive Baton Rouge

Services to follow starting at 2 p.m.

There will be no graveside service, but there will be a processional from Istrouma to Greenoaks Funeral Home. The family requests that any flowers or arrangements be delivered to the church that Saturday.

A memorial has been set up for Garafola in front of EBRSO Headquarters, 8900 Jimmy Wedell Dr.


Officials confirm 3 law enforcement officers dead, 2 suspects at large

THIS STORY IS STILL DEVELOPING. See WAFB.COM for latest.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) —

White House officials say the President has been briefed and is being updated. He has offered any assistance necessary to Baton Rouge officials. Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a press conference at 3 p.m.We will be streaming the conference live here and on Facebook

“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing," said Gov. Edwards. "Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.”

Officials confirm that three law enforcement officers have died and several others were injured during an early morning shooting. They also say one suspect is dead and believe it is possible two other suspects are at large.

Five of the officers were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where three officers died. Two officers remain at the hospital and one is reportedly in fair condition and the other is in critical condition.

Another officer was transported to the Baton Rouge General. The condition of that officer is unknown at this time.

A witness described hearing at least 25 to 30 gunshots in the area of the B Quick store on Airline Hwy. It started shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

“I walked out into the street to see what was going on, there was a man lying in the street," the witness said. "I assume he was dead because he wasn’t moving."

The witness believes the shooting started before police arrived and said, "this was not a come at police shooting."

During a call to dispatch an officer said, "unknown where the shots are coming from."

Investigators are working to determine how many shooters were possibly involved.

“We do know, and do believe there are more than one suspect. That’s why we’re alerting the community,” said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. “We sending in the robot to see if there are any explosives in the area or any explosives on him.”

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office both responded to the scene. Law enforcement officers with both agencies were struck during gunfire.

The scene was contained shortly after 10 a.m., but it is still an active area. Officials are asking the public to avoid the area and to contact law enforcement if you see anything suspicious around your area.

Tensions have been high between member of the Baton Rouge community and law enforcement since Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police July 5. It is unclear whether this incident is connected to the Sterling incident.

Alton Sterling shooting: A comprehensive timeline of events

“We have to heal from this hurt,” said Rep. C. Denise Marcelle. “I’m calling upon everyone to pray today and to cease protests.”

Messages from across the globe have been coming in to the WAFB newsroom. 

"Watching your live broadcast in London. My heart goes out to all in your city, the public, law enforcement, first responders and to all at WAFB. I really feel for you all at this difficult time. It really saddens me to again turn on the news and hear of another shooting in the US specifically against law enforcement. I pray peace comes to you all soon." 

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