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The Baton Rouge shooter mercilessly executed a Sheriff’s Deputy as he went to help a wounded officer, police revealed today.
Details of Sunday’s shooting have emerged as chilling pictures of the scene where three police officers were shot dead revealed how they were cornered by a dumpster behind a beauty supply store before they were killed.
Shooter Gavin Long, 29, blasted Brad Garafola as he came to help a Baton Rouge Police officer who he had already shot, police said.
Garafola had been taking cover behind a dumpster in a parking lot but came out to aide the cop.
At that point Long came round the corner and opened fire at Garafola with assault rifle.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said that Garafola ‘went down fighting’ and CCTV video shows him continuing to fire at Long even when he was on the floor.
After finishing off Garafola Long turned to the wounded cop – and finished him off too.
At an emotional press conference, police officials revealed that Long was shot dead from 100 yards away by a bullet fired by a SWAT officer as he bore down on more police.
They said that they had ‘no doubt’ that had he not been stopped he would have headed to the Baton Rouge Police headquarters a mile away to kill more police.
Numerous blood stains on the parking lot where the slaughter took place shows where they fell after being fired on by 29-year-old Gavin Long.
At least eight bullet holes – some three inches long – had torn through the back of the Hair Crown Beauty Supply in the Louisiana city.
The angle suggests that Long was firing across the car park and along the back of the warehouse-like building at the officers.
The gun battle happened on Sunday morning during which Long fatally shot three cops and injured at least three more.
The three dead police officers have been identified as Montrell Jackson, 32, a new father and ten-year veteran of the force; Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who joined the Baton Rouge police force a year ago; and Brad Garafola, 45, a married father-of-four who had worked for the sheriff’s office for 24 years.
Nicholas Tullier, 41, an 18-year veteran, is still in hospital in critical condition, while 51-year-old Bruce Simmons, who had been with the department for 23 years, has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A third wounded officer, also aged 41, has not been named. All of the officers were married with families.
A full 12 hours on after the police cordon had been removed, the smell of death was still present.
The blood stains on the floor suggest that some of the officers sought cover by the dumpster as they came under fire.
Adjacent to the dumpster was a four-foot-by-three-foot patch of dried blood where a body appears to have been lying on the floor.
A few feet away a pile of three pallets had been moved from another large pile of blood had dragged more blood along the concrete.
Across the car park there were at least six puddles where efforts had been made to wash away the blood.
Much of it had been cleared away but large globules of it were still visible in some.
A witness today revealed more details about how Long used his military training to massacre the cops.
Joshua Godwin, 38, whose house backs onto the beauty supply store parking lot, said that he heard up to 60 shots in groups of three as Long opened fire in controlled bursts.
Godwin said that he looked out his bedroom blinds and saw Long running along the fence of the parking lot with his assault rifle as if to use it for cover.