The Kansas City man who killed three officers and injured three others in Baton Rouge Sunday received five medals while serving as a Marine. U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Public Affairs Officer Yvonne Carlock tells Missourinet that Gavin Long, 29, was awarded the following:
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Medal
Long was discharged as a Marine sergeant in 2010, after serving five years. The U.S. Marine Corps did not say why Long was discharged.
Long’s official military personnel file says he was a data network specialist. He served in Iraq from 2008-2009.
Long was shot and killed Sunday, after ambushing officers near the Baton Rouge police headquarters. Funeral services are pending for the three officers that Long killed. Of the officers injured in the attack, one is in critical condition and the other two have non-life threatening injuries.
Long was a 2005 graduate of Grandview High School in Kansas City.