Alton Sterling shooting still under investigation, no time frame of conclusion
BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Attorney announced that his office along with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Right Division and the FBI is still investigating the July 5th shooting death of Alton Sterling.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green released a statement on Tuesday that stated the investigation will conclude when all evidence is evaluated and there is currently no time frame for when the investigation will be completed.
Green said that the agencies continue to make the investigation a "top priority."
Green's statement is as follows:
"The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, continues to make this investigation a top priority. To date, a team of career federal prosecutors, FBI agents and support personnel have devoted hundreds of hours to the investigation. Due to the breadth, scope and seriousness of the investigation, all three participating agencies have dedicated significant resources to the case. The investigation remains ongoing, and will conclude only when we have gathered, reviewed and evaluated all available evidence. There is no timetable for when this will be finished. My office, the Civil Rights Division, and the FBI all stand committed to taking all necessary steps to reach a just result based solely on the facts and the law."
Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back after he was shot by two BRPD officers in front of the Triple S convenience store in North Baton Rouge on July 5.
BRPD officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, the officers involved in the shooting, were placed on administrative leave.
Video shot by the convenience store owner, Abdullah Muhlafi, shows Salamoni and Lake wrestle Sterling to the ground and use a Tazer on him. Seconds later one of the officers shoots Sterling while he was on the ground and removed what appears to be a gun from Sterling's pocket.
The two officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting however they fell off during the struggle with Sterling, according to officials.
Sterling sold CD's and DVD's in front of the store for years, according to Muflahi. The shooting of Sterling has caused national outcry and sparked protests throughout the country in the weeks following the incident.