A rookie cop who served as a crew chief on a helicopter crew during multiple U.S. Army tours in Iraq, Matthew Gerald, 41, was shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. at a convenience store on Airline Highway on Sunday in Baton Rouge.
Two other law enforcement officers were killed and three others injured in the attack.
In the Southpoint subdivision in Denham Springs on Sunday, cars lined the roads near Baton Rouge officer Gerald’s home. A Baton Rouge police officer on the scene said Gerald’s family wasn’t commenting on the shooting.
Neighbors discussed plans for a vigil that will be held Monday.
Stephanie Morgan, a neighbor, said she knew Gerald since she moved into the neighborhood in 2009.
“He was a damn good man,” she said. “You’re not going to find any better.”
Gerald had served on multiple deployments to the Middle East with the U.S. Army but was relatively new to the Baton Rouge Police Department. According to city records, he joined the agency in October.
He just got his police cruiser about two months ago. Morgan said he was proud to have the vehicle.
“Every time he wasn’t on duty, Matt would be washing that car,” she said. “He would have the seats pulled back.”