BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The officer who fired the shots that killed Alton Sterling has been fired, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul confirmed Friday.
Paul said Officer Blane Salamoni violated use of force policies as well as policies related to command of temper. Officer Salamoni was notified of his termination Friday afternoon.
Officer Howie Lake has been suspended for three days. "That is my decision. That is the right decision," Paul said.
Many officials have started responding, releasing statements on Chief Paul's decision. The statements can be found below.
Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement:
East Baton Rouge Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome released this statement:
Baton Rouge Union of Police, Local #237 released this statement: