East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore will provide more details today on last July’s ambush on police officers in Baton Rouge. Moore has called a 10 AM press conference in which more details will be learned about Gavin Eugene Long, the gunman who ended up killing three officers and injuring three others.
“Which officer responded first, where did he go, who was killed first, perhaps also from the autopsy of the decedent, which officer or officers bullets would have been responsible for killing that person,” said former East Baton Rouge prosecutor Prem Burns.
But Burns says she’s not sure how those details would serve the community. She says she doesn’t understand the need for a media event because the ambush is still painful to many people.
“I don’t know what good it truly serves the community to know the salacious details of how many shots were in each of the officers or how many shots were in the decedent,” Burns said.
Burns doesn’t think there’s much left to learn about what happened nearly one year ago at a carwash on Airline Highway. She says we could get some clarity on which officers were on duty or off duty and which law enforcement agency responded first. She says we could also get more details about the shooter.
“If he had ingested drugs, if he was under the influence of alcohol. You may find a little bit more information about his background, out of state, how he traveled here, what kind of weapons were involved,” Burns said.