(Adds details from another source, public records and media
July 17 (Reuters) - The gunman who killed three police
officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has
been identified as a former U.S. Marine named Gavin Long,
according to a government source with knowledge of the
Officials speaking publicly have not yet released the name
of the suspected killer or any details, beyond saying they
believed the single shooter was killed in the shootout.
Another source familiar with the investigation told Reuters
Long, 29, was from Kansas City, Missouri. The source said there
was reason to believe a 911 call may have been used to lure
police to the shooting scene, and that the possibility it had
been a conspiracy was being examined by investigators.
Long, who was black, was affiliated with the anti-government
New Freedom Group, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a
person briefed on the investigation. A spokeswoman for the
Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, said
she had no information about that.
Long served in the Marines for five years, from August 2005
to August 2010, according to a report in the New York Times,
citing Yvonne Carlock, the deputy public affairs officer for the
U.S. Marines. Long was deployed to Iraq from June 2008 to
January 2009, the Times reported.
CBS News reported that Long left the Marines with an
honorable discharge in 2010 with the rank of sergeant.
Public records show Long had lived in Kansas City and
Grandview, Missouri. He had also lived in San Diego and
Long was on the University of Alabama dean's honor list in
2012, school records show.
Missouri court records show he divorced his wife in 2011,
with no children at the time. There was no criminal record for
him in Missouri.
Long was a defendant in a case involving delinquent city
taxes. It was filed in March and was dismissed in June,
according to court records.
Brady Vancel, a witness to the Baton Rouge shooting on
Sunday, said on CNN that he ran into the suspect, who was
dressed in black, a few minutes before the police officers were
shot. The man was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle and wearing a
ski mask, Vancel said.
The gunman "looked up and he saw me. We stopped, I froze, he
froze for a second, and he turned around and ran in the opposite
direction the same time I turned around and ran in the opposite
direction," Vancel said.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Ian Simpson; Editing by Peter
Cooney and Tiffany Wu)
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