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Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald | Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer

Matthew Lane Gerald

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 1100

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Matthew Gerald, Corporal Montrell Jackson, and Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed by a subject outside of a convenience store at 9611 Airline Highway shortly before 9:00 am.

Officers had received reports of a subject walking along the roadway carrying a rifle. As responding officers arrived in the area they were ambushed by the subject. Deputy Garafola, Corporal Jackson, and Officer Gerald were killed and three other officers were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.

The subject was shot and killed by other responding officers.

Officer Gerald was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for less than one year.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Corporal Montrell Lyle Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police
September 26, 2016

 

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