The Latest: Obama: Slayings a reminder of risk officers take

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on shootings of six Baton Rouge police officers (all times local):

4 p.m.

President Barack Obama says Sunday’s killing of three Louisiana law enforcement officers underscores the degree to which Washington must do everything possible to help police officers return home safe at night.

Obama spoke Tuesday after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

He says what happened in Baton Rouge is a reminder of the extraordinary risks and dangers that law enforcement officers take every day “to protect us and our way of life.”

Two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy were killed Sunday after they were ambushed by a lone gunman.

Obama says he’ll use his remaining months as president to figure out which practices work best, and how to help rebuild trust between police and the communities they serve.


1:45 p.m.

Funeral arrangements have been set for two of the three officers killed in Baton Rouge in what police called an ambush by a lone gunman.

Viewings are scheduled Thursday and Friday for Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald.

Services will follow the Friday viewing, with burial to occur at Louisiana National Cemetery.

Arrangements also have been made for Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Montrell Jackson. Visitation for Jackson is scheduled Monday, with funeral services to follow.

Services are pending for East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola.

Police say Gavin Long, a former Marine from Missouri, dressed in black and opened fire on officers Sunday.