'Hell of a shot' ends Gavin Long's deadly morning of terror

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 8:02 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2016 at 12:03 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - UPDATE (July 20, 2016): The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced the Israeli-made, military-style rifle Long used, as well as a semiautomatic handgun he carried and a M4-style carbine found in his rental car, and forwarded its findings to the Louisiana State Police. Investigators say they will not release any new information about the case until after they have honored the fallen officers.

Investigators returned to the scene of Sunday's deadly shooting, specifically to further analyze a metal pole holding up the Benny's Car Wash sign on Airline Highway.

Louisiana State Police did not say why investigators were looking at that pole in particular, but a source close to the investigation said it is the spot where a Baton Rouge Police Department SWAT Team officer took cover, then fired the fatal shot that ended suspect Gavin Long's short, but deadly reign of terror.

According to Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of LSP, Long first shot and killed two police officers and a sheriff's deputy near the Beauty Supply store next to the B-Quik convenience store. Edmonson said Long then sprinted along the back of the buildings to the Fitness Expo where his car was parked. Edmonson added Long then started firing at a BRPD SWAT Team officer, who fired back with the fatal shot hitting Long from over 100 yards away.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie called it a "hell of a shot" and Wade Duty, who is the co-owner at Precision Firearms in Baton Rouge doesn't disagree. Duty said it's not the distance of the shot that is impressive, but the ability to make that shot under such extreme pressure.

"Everybody's familiar with hunting and target shooting at a hundred yards, which is a relatively easy shot," Duty said. "But under stress, with lives on the line, with a target's that shooting back, that's a world of difference."

Investigators said Long had three weapons: two rifles and a pistol. The gun hanging from his shoulder in surveillance photos released by LSP is a powerful weapon, similar to ones used by, among others, the Israeli military. It is the gun that fired the shots that killed the law enforcement officers.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Police Chief Carl Dabadie said all of their men were wearing body armor, but it didn't make a difference in this case.

"With the type of weapon that perpetrator had, unless you were wearing a steel plate in the vest, it's not going to stop that high caliber a weapon," Gautreaux said.

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