Gov. Edwards addresses concerns over Alton Sterling shooting

RAW: Gov. Edwards holds news conference on Alton Sterling shooting
Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 12:13 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss issues related to the officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Alton Sterling.

The governor urged people to remain calm in the wake of the shooting and expressed condolences to the family. He added that met and spoke with Sandra Sterling, the aunt of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who raised him. Edwards said he also met earlier in the morning with Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, and other state and federal officials.

The announcement was made shortly after community leaders and Sterling's family held a news conference at the Baton Rouge City Hall.

Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Sterling's eldest son, became very emotional when talking about the father of her son. Mike McClanahan, the leader of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP called for East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to fire Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and for Holden to resign.

Edmond Jordan is the attorney for Sterling's family. He asked for Louisiana State Police to take over the investigation into the shooting. Some community leaders are asking for the officers involved to be arrested.

Several hundred protesters gathered outside a Baton Rouge store overnight where police shot and killed a man early Tuesday morning. The man reportedly had a gun in his pocket and cell phone footage captured part of the gunfire.

Police said they received a call from an individual who claimed Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun while Sterling was selling CDs in the parking lot of the Triple S convenient store on N. Foster Dr. Two officers arrived and confronted him.

The store owner, who witnessed the shooting, said things quickly got out of control. He said one officer used a stun gun on Sterling and the other officer then tackled him. According to the store owner, the officers shot Sterling four to six times shortly after he was tackled.

An autopsy by the EBR Coroner's Office showed Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds to his back and chest.

Officials said both officers had on body cameras, but they fell off during the struggle and do not show the shooting. However, police are analyzing dash cam video and store surveillance video, which are believed to have captured the ordeal.


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