The Latest: Candlelight Vigil Honors Slain Police Officer

The Latest: 3 Officers Dead, 3 Injured in Baton Rouge
Posted at 11:39 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 19:45:13-04

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) - The Latest on the fatal shooting of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (all times local):

8 p.m.

Hundreds have gathered on the sprawling campus of a Baton Rouge church for a candlelight vigil honoring a police officer shot to death Sunday.

Monday night's ceremony for 41-year-old Matthew Gerald is taking place at Healing Place Church. Associate pastor Johnny Green said Gerald had been a member of the church. He said Gerald's family was present but had declined media interviews.

Gerald was a Baton Rouge rookie police officer who had just begun his new career after stints in the military. Another Baton Rouge officer and an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy also died. Another deputy was in critical condition.

Prayer services and vigils are being held around the Baton Rouge area this week.

The shooter, 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, died in Sunday's gunfight.


6:15 p.m.

President Barack Obama has called authorities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the families of three law enforcement officers killed this weekend to offer his condolences.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama on Monday called Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, as well as the families of Officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, and Deputy Brad Garafola. He also pledged federal support for the ongoing investigation into Sunday's attack, Earnest said.

The calls came as Obama also ordered flags at all government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.


5:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings until sunset on Friday to honor the police officers shot in Baton Rouge.

The proclamation says the flags will be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack, which killed three officers and injured three.

The order also applies to all military posts, naval stations and naval vessels, as well as to U.S. embassies and consular offices around the world.

In the past few weeks alone, the president also ordered the flag lowered after the nightclub shooting in Orlando, the killings of police officers in Dallas and the truck attack in Nice, France.