The officers were responding to a call of shots fired when they were gunned down in an apparent "ambush" around 9 a.m. local time, said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. Two of the officers killed were from the Baton Rouge Police Department. They were identified as Officer Montrell Jackson
, 32, a 10-year veteran, and Matthew Gerald, 41, who had been serving for less than a year, officials said.
Also killed was Brad Garafola, 45, a 24-year veteran of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office, officials said "These men are husbands, fathers, sons and brothers," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We are devastated to lose one of our own, and another is now in a fight for his life. We are asking for your prayers at this time. We will get through this together as a family and as a community." A 41-year-old Baton Rouge police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, while two East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Deputies, aged 41 and 51, were injured. The 41-year-old was in critical condition, and "absolutely fighting for his life," said Gov. John Bel Edwards