Justice Dept. releases funds to Louisiana to help local law enforcement

Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 10:39 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The federal government released funds to help Louisiana law enforcement agencies cover the cost of extra resources needed after Sunday's fatal ambush in Baton Rouge. Three officers died in the attack and three others were wounded.

Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves announced the U.S. Department of Justice will send $650,000 of federal assistance.

"We are grateful for these much needed resources just days into what will be a long recovery and healing process for our community, but this is just a start," said Graves. "Total cost of responding to these shootings could reach $3-5 million – costs incurred by Baton Rouge City Police, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office, Louisiana State Police and the many law enforcement agencies that have sent officers from across the state, along with other first responders who have played essential roles. We'll continue working with the US Department of Justice to ensure that these increased costs are not at the expense of future training, weapons and other capabilities our officers will need to continue to enforce the law, protect our citizens and promote the well-being of all members of our community."

The ambush happened Sunday, July 17 behind a beauty supply store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. Killed in the assault were Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, and Montrell Jackson, 32, from the Baton Rouge Police Department. The other was Brad Garafola, 45, from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Police shot and killed the gunman who was later identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri.

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