A month after celebrating his tenth anniversary with the Baton Rouge police department, Montrell Jackson was killed in a shootout on Sunday.
His fellow Baton Rouge officer, Matthew Gerald, also died in the shooting, just four months after graduating from the police academy.
The gunman, identified as Gavin Long, opened fire on Sunday morning, killing three officers, including Jackson and Gerald, with an assault rifle, and wounding three others.
Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald was killed on Sunday, just a few months after he graduated from the police academy.
In the aftermath of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s police-involved deaths, as well as the five officers killed in Dallas, Jackson posted an emotional plea for peace on his Facebook page on July 8.
“Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better,” Jackson wrote. “I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you.”
Montrell Jackson was on the force for 10 years before he was killed.
Jackson had a newborn son a few months before his death.
In a Facebook post, Jackson wrote that he was tired of all the violence.
The 32-year-old officer had a newborn son four months ago, his cousin said in mourning on Twitter.
“Dude just had a baby a couple months ago!! Y’all took him from a family that needed him,” the devastated cousin wrote.
Jackson was remembered as a hard-working police officer, and a hero who once braved a burning building to try and save a toddler, the Advocate reported.
“He loved his job,” Darnell Murdock, one of Jackson’s friends, told the newspaper. “It motivated him to go out and change people’s lives. He was on (the force) to help people, to make you have a better day.”
Gerald, a former Marine, was 41, and previously a Black Hawk Crew Chief in the Army, WAFB reported.
He had only been on patrol on his own for 12 days, leaving behind a wife and two children, according to reports.
Investigators believe the gunman had ties to homegrown hate groups, including the New Freedom Group and Sovereign Citizens, both anti-government organizations.
Long, believed to be from Kansas City, Mo., died after shooting the cops.
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement.
The three officers were killed just five days after Baton Rouge officers foiled a plot from four would-be gunmen planning to kill cops with stolen guns taken from a pawn shop.
This is the second police killing in the last 10 days, after five officers were targeted and killed in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter rally by a lone gunman.
President Obama spoke out against the attacks on law enforcement, calling them the “act of cowards.”
The gunman, identified as Gavin Long, shot six officers, killing three, before he died.
President Obama condemned attacks against law enforcement on Sunday, saying there is “no justification for violence against law enforcement.”
“These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes,” Obama wrote in a statement.