Matthew Gerald was a police officer with theÂ Baton Rouge Police Department. He was married father of two children. Gerald was from Denham Springs, Louisiana.Â Gerlad graduated from the Baton Rouge Police DepartmentÂ Academy in March and had only been with the force for 12 days before his death.
Before becoming a police officer Gerald was a Marine in theÂ U.S. Marine Corps. He also served in theÂ U.S. ArmyÂ as a Black Hawk crew chief.
On July 17, 2016 three police officers Matthew Gerald, Brad Garafola, andÂ Montrell Jackson, were shot and killed by Gavin Eugene LongÂ in the 2016 shooting of Baton Rouge police officers. InÂ Baton Rouge, Louisiana, relations between the police and residentsÂ have been tense since the death of Alton SterlingÂ on July 5.
One suspect, Gavin Eugene LongÂ is dead and it is possible that two others are at large. Three officers were wounded in the shooting, including one who is fighting for his life.
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