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New Hero Search Matthew Lane Gerald ("Matt") - Jul. 17, 2016 (29273)

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Baton Rouge Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Denham Springs LA, USA
Born: Feb. 28, 1975  
Fallen: Jul. 17, 2016
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 41 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Baton Rouge Police Dept. - LA
9000 Airline Highway  
Baton Rouge, LA   70815   USA
(225)389-2000
County: East Baton Rouge Parish
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: 3/2016
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 1100
On The Job: 1 years
Duties: assigned call number 8211 in District 3

Bio: Following his graduation from Central High School, Matt initially pursued a career in the military. He achieved the rank of U.S. Army Specialist earning four air medals. In addition, he was a Black Hawk Crew Chief, a Longknife Squadron member and Stetson Troop 4/3 ACR member.

Matt was a Corporal in the United States marines and also completed 3 tours of duty in Iraq.

Matt enjoyed hunting and fishing when he had the time and needed to decompress.

Survived by:
Dechia Badeaux Gerald - Wife
Children
(2)

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Gavin Long :: Black / Male - 29 years old
of Kansas City. served in the Marines from 2005 to 2010, reaching the rank of sergeant. He deployed to Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, according to military records. Believed to be the only person who fired at officers.

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Location:   Baton Rouge, LA   USA   Sun. Jul. 17, 2016
Summary: 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.

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Related: Bradford Allen Garafola Colin Rose Montrell Lyle Jackson
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