Louisiana officials have revealed a series of new details on the killing of three police officers on Sunday.
In an Monday afternoon press conference, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and several law enforcement officials shared a new photo, the weaponry involved and more background on the shooter.
In speaking of the ambush, Gov. Edwards called it:
“...a diabolical attack on the very fabric of society. ... It is just pure unadulterated evil.”
He also confirmed the identity of Long as the shooter, telling reporters that:
Colonel Michael Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, also confirmed that Long had three weapons with him at the time of the shooting, two of which were assault rifles:
Edmonson also reiterated the fact that the attack was a pre-planned ambush, and that the officers were “assassinated” by Long.
News of the ambush was confirmed earlier in the day by Lieutenant J.B. Slaton, a public affairs commander for the Louisiana State Police, who said in a statement that:
“Our preliminary investigation shows that he definitely ambushed those officers.
We are still trying to find out what his motive was, and that’s going to be part of our investigation. But we believe he was targeting those officers.”
Earlier Monday, it was also confirmed that Long had been in the area for several days prior, most likely to plan the attack:
Authorities also confirmed that had SWAT officers not arrived on the scene, there would have been more deaths. In fact, the police chief for the Baton Rouge police department noted in his remarks that he has “no doubt” Long was en route to the police station, which was less than a mile away from the site of the shooting.
They also noted that Long was finally taken down by members of the SWAT team, who were able to shoot him from 100 yards away as he prepared to close in on a wounded officer:
Holden added that mayors from across the country have reached out to him over the last 24 hours to offer their support, including those in Orlando and Dallas. He told reporters:
“All of these law enforcement are making sure if there are others out there, they're brought to justice.”
Three officers died and three others were injured in the attack; one of those officers is in “very, very critical condition.”