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3 Baton Rouge Officers Killed, 3 Injured in 'Ambush' Shooting

Police said the suspect was shot and killed at the scene

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    Local, state, and federal officials spoke at a press conference today after three law enforcement officers were killed in an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Published Sunday, July 17, 2016)

    Several law enforcement officials told NBC News that the man shot and killed in the shootout with Baton Rouge police was identified as Gavin Long, of Kansas City, Missouri, born 1987.

    Three Louisiana officers have died and three others were injured early Sunday after what the city's mayor called an apparent ambush shooting. 

    Authorities confirmed the names of the three officers fatally shot: Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41 — both of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Brad Garafola, 45, of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. 

    Two other officers from East Baton Rouge were injured. Nicholas Tullier, 41, is in critical condition and Brad Simmons, 51, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

    Witness Captures Baton Rouge Police Shooting

    [NATL] Witness Captures Baton Rouge Police Shooting
    Jada Gabriel, a witness near the Baton Rouge shooting, tells NBC News she was on her way to church with her family when she heard shots fired. “There was a bunch of officers coming up from behind and on the side street, trying to get the people passing through to stop driving and turn around. There were people recording everywhere. It was terrifying." (Published Sunday, July 17, 2016)

    Law enforcement officials initially said they believed that two others suspects were at large, but at a news conference Sunday afternoon State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said the deceased suspect was likely the only shooter.

    A senior law enforcement official said that suspect wore black fatigues and was armed with a rifle. By 3 p.m. (CT) Sunday, state police said there was "no active shooter" situation.

    Officials tell NBC News the investigation now spans four states: Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and California. It is being led by the Louisiana State Police. 

    The attack comes less than two weeks after the fatal shooting of a black man by police sparked protests in Baton Rouge, turning the city into the latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate over law enforcement tactics.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.