The man who ambushed Baton Rouge police officers reportedly claimed that he had post-traumatic stress disorder.
CNN reports that Gavin Long, a Marine veteran, filled a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug as recently as last month, according to a source who asked not to be named. He also reportedly had prescriptions for two other drugs – one for anxiety and another for insomnia.
Long joined the Marine Corps in 2005 as a data network specialist. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009 and was discharged at the rank of sergeant in 2010.
Three of the officers Long shot were killed.
Officials say Long deliberately sought out officers.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were targeted and assassinated,” said Louisiana State Police Col. Michael D. Edmonson.
Long was killed by police during the shootout. He left a digital trail of his thoughts under the name “Cosmo.” In one video, he said he does not claim allegiance to any groups.
The shooting spree came after the recent police-involved killings of two black men, including one in Baton Rouge, and the slayings of five police officers in Dallas.
The shooter in the Dallas attack was also a former service member, raising questions about mental health care and access for veterans.
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