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Police identify officers shot in ambush-style shooting in Baton Rouge

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Police in Louisiana have identified the three officers shot and killed by a gunman on Sunday in an ambush-style shooting. 

Authorities identified Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41 — both of the Baton Rouge Police Department — and Brad Garafola, 45, of East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Sunday evening as the three officers who were fatally shot.

Jackson was married and the father of a new baby boy. His former partner said Sunday Jackson was "stressed out and depressed" by the recent shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, according to NBC News. 

"I remember Montrell got on Facebook the other day and posted that he hopes that his son won't ever become a police officer so he wouldn't have to deal with the BS that comes with the job," he said.      

Gerald had been serving on the force for less than a year, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department's Facebook page

Garafola was with the Sheriff's Office for 24 years and was working in Civil Processing-Foreclosures.

Three officers were also wounded by the gunman, including Nicholas Tullier, 41, and Bruce Simmons, 51, both from East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Officials said Tullier was listed in critical condition, while Simmons has non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the third officer was not yet released. 

"These men are husbands, fathers, sons and brothers," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We are devastated to lose one of our own, and another is now in a fight for his life. We are asking for your prayers at this time. We will get through this together as a family and as a community."

Police identified the shooter, who was dressed in black fatigues, as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri. 

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