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U.S. protests: Former Marine killed 3, wounded another 3 Baton Rouge law enforcement officers

U.S. protests: Former Marine killed 3, wounded another 3 Baton Rouge law enforcement officersA former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition shot and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.

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Three other officers were wounded Sunday, one critically. Police said the gunman was killed at the scene.

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The shooting less than a mile from police headquarters added to the tensions across the country between the black community and police. Just days earlier, one of the slain officers had posted an emotional Facebook message about the challenges of police work in the current environment.

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President Barack Obama urged Americans to tamp down inflammatory words and actions.

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The gunman was identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, who turned 29 on Sunday.

Source: Associated Press
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