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  • Financial help coming to families of fallen law enforcement heroes Play Video

    July 27, 2016 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Financial help is coming for the families of the three fallen law enforcement officers who lost their lives ten days ago. Today, the Law Enforcement Survivor Benefit Board convened to approve death benefits for the families of Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson, and Brad Garafola. Each family will receive... more »
  • Slain officers' relatives to get $250K in survivor benefits

    July 27, 2016 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families of the three law enforcement officers who were shot and killed outside a Baton Rouge convenience store are each due to receive $250,000 in survivor benefits under a state law. A four-member state board that includes Attorney General Jeff Landry voted Wednesday to give its preliminary... more »
  • Charges dropped against three remaining officers in Freddie Gray death

    July 27, 2016 11:22 AM

    BALTIMORE - Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction. Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015. Prosecutors' decision... more »
  • Mother of July 17 gunman claims body ahead of Arkansas funeral

    July 26, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The body of the lone gunman that killed three Baton Rouge officers on July 17 was released to family on Tuesday. Gavin Long's remains were claimed by his mother, Corine Woodley, and were released to a funeral home in Covington. An Arkansas funeral home is... more »
  • Donaldsonville man sentenced in manslaughter case

    July 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    GONZALES - A 28-year-old man has received a 12-year prison sentence in the shooting death of a Donaldsonville man. Shawn Broom, also of Donaldsonville, pleaded guilty April 26 to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Michael Stewart on the porch of Donaldsonville home more than a year ago. Broom... more »
  • Man shot in head on Weller Street, in stable condition

    July 26, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities responded to a shooting in the 2700 block of Weller Street near Aliquippa Street. According to authorities, a man at the location was grazed in the head by a gunshot. The man, according to authorities, was transported by EMS from the scene in stable condition.... more »
  • Congressional committee seeks gunman's VA record

    July 25, 2016 7:20 PM

    ST. MARYS, Kan. - The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has requested medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the former Marine who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller sent a letter dated July 21 to... more »
  • Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

    July 25, 2016 5:34 AM

    FORT MYERS, Fla. - Officials say two people have been killed and at least 17 wounded in a shooting outside a nightclub in Florida early Monday morning. Lee Memorial Health System says in a press release that 16 victims ranging in age from 12 to 27 started arriving at... more »
  • AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

    July 23, 2016 9:31 PM

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities... more »
  • PHOTOS: Funeral and procession for Deputy Brad Garafola

    July 23, 2016 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cameras captured powerful moments Saturday afternoon as family, friends and colleagues gathered at Istrouma Baptist Church to pay respects for Deputy Brad Garafola. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola was laid to rest Saturday afternoon at Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Garafola's body... more »
  • Lafayette mall evacuated for precaution after bomb threat

    July 23, 2016 4:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Acadiana Mall in Lafayette was evacuated Saturday afternoon due to a bomb threat. According to a KATC report, the Lafayette Police and Fire responded to the scene but were unsure if the threat was credible. The mall was evacuated as a precaution. Shortly before 4:30... more »
  • Father of slain officer slams police union attack on local leader

    July 22, 2016 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The father of a Baton Rouge Police officer slain in Sunday's ambush shooting condemned the police union's "attack" on a councilwoman's t-shirt. In a letter to the editor to a local newspaper, Hosea Lyle Jackson, the father of BRPD officer Montrell Jackson, writes that he is... more »
  • Thousands say goodbye to slain EBRSO Deputy Garafola Play Video

    July 22, 2016 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola was remembered Saturday as a man who ran to help his fellow officers during last week's shooting on Airline Highway. Deputy Garafola was laid to rest at Greenoaks Funeral Home Saturday afternoon. All 1,500 seats were filled at Istrouma... more »
  • PHOTOS: Funeral and procession of Officer Matthew Gerald

    July 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    Images from News 2 viewers and WBRZ.com viewers poured in via social media networks on Friday when Baton Rouge Police Department Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest. The officer was shot and killed during the gunfight that unfolded at an Airline Highway business on the morning of Sunday,... more »
  • Death toll in Munich shooting rises to 9

    July 22, 2016 2:28 PM

    BERLIN - German public broadcaster BR reports up to nine people have been killed at a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in a mall in Munich. Spokesman Peter Beck told The Associated Press he can confirm eight dead and several wounded in the attack Friday near a McDonald's restaurant... more »
  • Judge won't kick DA off ex-Saints player case

    July 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has refused to remove the New Orleans district attorney's office from the prosecution of a man who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. State Judge Camille Buras on Friday rejected arguments that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's... more »
  • Mom: Gunman would 'pretty much lose it' on police shootings

    July 22, 2016 11:04 AM

    The mother of the man who shot and killed three law-enforcement officers in Baton Rouge says her son would "pretty much lose it" when he heard about a black man being shot by police in what he considered an unlawful manner. Corine Woodley said in an interview with PBS talk... more »
  • Police release new details of fatal shooting on 73rd Avenue

    July 21, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police confirmed that one man is dead after being struck by a car after a shootout in Baton Rouge Thursday afternoon. According to Baton Rouge Police, the shooting happened around 5 p.m. in the 1800 block of 73rd Avenue. A 25-year-old man was leaving his... more »
  • U.S. Department of Justice awards $650k to local law enforcement response efforts

    July 21, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Congressman Garret Graves announced that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $650,000 to local law enforcement officials following Sunday's shooting ambush. The shooting ambush left three officers dead and another three injured. One currently remains in the hospital in critical condition. "We are grateful for these much... more »
  • WATCH: Wounded deputy greeted with hero's welcome home Thursday afternoon Play Video

    July 21, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Simmons was released from the hospital Thursday and arrived home to a hero's welcome from neighbors, law enforcement and area firefighters. Simmons survived an ambush on Baton Rouge Police and other sheriff's deputies Sunday. A gunman killed three officers... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald laid to rest Play Video

    July 21, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A large crowd turned out for the first of three funerals for officers slain during last Sunday’s tragic ambush shooting. A viewing for Officer Matthew Gerald took place earlier on Friday morning at the site of his funeral service which began at 11 a.m. at Healing... more »
  • Teen transported following shooting in Baker Wednesday night

    July 20, 2016 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baker Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 17-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday night. Investigators say the victim was shot while riding in a car on Baker Boulevard. Police believe the shots were fired from inside of the car. Detectives are questioning a person... more »
  • 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting on North 48th Wednesday night

    July 20, 2016 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating a drive by shooting that took place Wednesday night on N. 48th Street that left one man dead and another injured. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of N. 48th Street. James Payne, 25, died on the... more »
  • Free lunch for law enforcement after ambush shooting Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON- One restaurant is going the extra mile with its gratitude for law enforcement. Wayne's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que in Livingston is offering free meals to all cops this week. It's a response to Sundays shooting of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers. "You see such tragic losses amongst... more »
  • Gunman's manifesto describe his actions

    July 20, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The man who killed three Louisiana law enforcement officers purportedly described his actions as a "necessary evil" in a self-described manifesto that an Ohio man says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings. The three-page handwritten letter was signed by... more »
  • Many continue to attend city-wide memorials for slain officers Play Video

    July 20, 2016 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Several people continue to visit memorials around the city dedicated to the three fallen officers- Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald and Officer Montrell Jackson- involved in Sunday's shooting. Strangers are coming together and united by one message. "The faces of the officers, I mean you don't... more »
  • Governor's office to host blood drive for slain officers on Thursday

    July 20, 2016 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards' office will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday in honor of the officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Airline Highway. The drive planned by the governor's office along with LifeShare Blood Centers, will be open to all state employees and members of... more »
  • 17-year-old dead after shooting on Bradley Street

    July 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One 17-year-old is dead after a shooting that took place on Tuesday night around 9 p.m. on Bradley Street. The 17-year-old has been identified as Eddie Mason by police. According to BRPD, Mason was shot by someone in a passing vehicle while he was standing outside his... more »
  • State police: Woman shot by city police officer in Kentwood

    July 20, 2016 11:42 AM

    KENTWOOD - Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Kentwood Police Department officer. Trooper Dustin Dwight says the officer shot a woman during an incident Tuesday night on Louisiana Highway 38. Dwight says the woman suffered non-life threating injuries. He says circumstances leading to the... more »
  • Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

    July 20, 2016 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the local district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints star Will Smith. Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Defense attorney John... more »
  • Restaurants plan to donate to families of slain officers, first responders Play Video

    July 19, 2016 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community along with area restaurants have been finding ways to give back to the families of the slain officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Airline Highway. Thousands of dollars have already been collected to help, and more restaurants are contributing to the effort. On... more »
  • Police officer shot in Kansas City has died

    July 19, 2016 3:46 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A Kansas City, Kansas, police captain has died after a shooting early Thursday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed. The NBC station in Kansas City is reporting that police responded to a shots fired call around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. The caller said multiple people were shooting at... more »
  • Funeral arrangements announced for slain officers

    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Funeral arrangements have been announced for two of the slain officers involved in Sunday's shooting. BRPD Officer Matthew Gerald and Corporal Montrell Jackson were two of the three officers killed during a shooting that took place on Airline Highway on early Sunday morning. Officer Gerald was... more »
  • Memorials in place at EBRSO for slain deputy

    July 19, 2016 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Memorials have been set up for an EBRSO deputy who was killed during Sunday's tragic ambush shooting. The sheriff's office is displaying a unit in front of headquarters and other reminders are placed around the inside lobby. The memorials are in place to honor Deputy... more »
  • Community outreach begins for slain, injured officers

    July 18, 2016 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community has begun to rally in support of the fallen officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Airline Highway. From crowd funding campaigns to free food, the community is finding ways to help and show solidarity. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is accepting donations... more »
  • Neighbors express sadness after BRPD Officer Montrell Jackson slain Play Video

    July 18, 2016 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The community's hearts are heavy with sadness on the day after an ambush attack took the lives of three officers and injured three more. One of those men, Montrell Jackson, says they're trying to cope with a tragedy that doesn't make sense. The 32-year-old man was... more »
  • Authorities discuss vivid accounts of deadly ambush Play Video

    July 18, 2016 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards briefed the press on Monday afternoon to provide updates on the investigation into a tragic shooting that took the lives of three officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday. The governor began his address by noting that six days have passed before the... more »
  • Flags ordered at half-staff on day after tragic shooting

    July 18, 2016 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered the U.S. and state flag to be flown at half-staff over the Capitol and all public buildings in Louisiana until sunset on Monday. The governor said the decision was made in order to honor the lives of three law enforcement... more »
  • Officer killed in Sunday shooting was devoted family man

    July 18, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The neighbor of one of the slain officers in Baton Rouge says that if 41-year-old Matthew Gerald had been hardened by his years in the military, you couldn't tell it when he became an officer and got his squad car. Ashley Poe says Gerald seemed so... more »
  • Louisiana SCLC leader suspended after calling for boycott

    July 18, 2016 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rev. Reginald Pitcher, head of the Louisiana Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has been suspended indefinitely after he called for a retail boycott in Baton Rouge. The boycott came in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting of a black man outside of a... more »
  • Businesses up and running around shooting scene

    July 18, 2016 8:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses around a shooting that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are reopening as police continue investigating the scene. Customers were buying coffee and breakfast sandwiches Monday at a B-Quik convenience store near where officers first engaged the gunman less than 24 hours earlier.... more »
  • Gunman's location unknown for several minutes Play Video

    July 17, 2016 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to radio traffic, Baton Rouge police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire - and for several long minutes, didn't know where it was coming from. Nearly 2½ minutes after the first "Officer down!"... more »
  • Slain BRPD officer had made emotional Facebook post

    July 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A friend of the family of a Baton Rouge police officer shot and killed Sunday confirms he posted an emotional Facebook message just days ago about the challenges of being a police officer. Erika Green told The Associated Press Sunday that she is friends of the... more »
  • Mother of Alton Sterling's son calls for peace

    July 17, 2016 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of Alton Sterling's son says she is heartbroken for the Baton Rouge officers who were gunned down and their families and is calling for peace. In a statement issued Sunday evening Quinyetta McMillon says she is disgusted by the despicable act of violence that... more »
  • What we know about Airline Hwy gunman Gavin Long Play Video

    July 17, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Information is slowly emerging about the man behind Sunday mornings shooting on Airline Highway that left three officers dead and injured another three. Officials identified the gunman as a 29-year-old black man named Gavin Eugene Long. Long's address was listed in Kansas City, Missouri. Long... more »
  • Shooter wanted to kill police; Deputy on life support Monday Play Video

    July 17, 2016 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities continue their investigation Monday into the ambush and murder of three law enforcement officials and the shooting injuring of three others the day before. > ALERT : Authorities released vivid information about the attack on officers at a 2 p.m. news conference Monday. Click HERE... more »

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