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US Attorney's Office says Alton Sterling shooting investigation ongoing, no timetable for completion

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana announced Tuesday the shooting death of Alton Sterling continues to be investigated with no estimated time for completion. 

U.S. Attorney Walt Green said his office is "diligently and thoroughly" investigating the July 5 shooting. 

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Green stated his office is working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI. He added they continue to make the investigation a "top priority."

"The investigation remains ongoing, and will conclude only when we have gathered, reviewed and evaluated all available evidence," Green said in a written release. "There is no timetable for when this will be finished." 

According to Green, the three parties involved in the investigation are committed to taking the steps needed to "reach a just result based solely on the facts and law." 

However, the update was disappointing to one state lawmaker. State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, wrote Green three weeks ago asking for additional information on the investigation. James said early on, investigators agreed to be transparent and keep the community informed along the way. 

"This is not transparent. He didn't tell me anything I didn't already know," James said of the update. 

As a lawyer, James said he understand there are some details that cannot be released to the public, but he adds the others, like the number of witnesses interviewed, could be disclosed without compromising the investigation. 

James also said the additional insight would help build trust among a community that is growing anxious waiting for results. 

"There's been a lot of requests of the community, hey protest peacefully, trust the process, but a big part of trust is giving that information you've promised," James said. 

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