Baton Rouge gunman identified as former US Marine

The US gunman behind Sunday’s fatal attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was a former member of the US Marine Corps who had served in Iraq, public records show.

Gavin Long, 29, became a Marine in August 2005 and served for five years before ending his active duty in August 2010, according to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) website.

He was gunned down by police on Sunday, after killing 3 cops and injuring 3 others. Long was apparently outraged by the recent police killings of unarmed black men in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, Minnesota.

On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was shot several times and killed after being tackled to the ground by two white officers, one of two consecutive police killings that led to renewed protests against racial bias in law enforcement.

One day after Sterling’s death, Philando Castile was fatally shot by police in his car in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

A portrait of Alton Sterling, who was shot and…

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