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The two Baton Rouge police officers and an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy were killed Sunday by what State Police are saying was a lone gunman Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, and Baton Rouge police officers Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41 were shot and killed.

The families of three law enforcement officers killed by a lone gunman on July 17 would receive $250,000 each from the state under a plan that won tentative approval Wednesday.

In addition, the families would receive $25,000 for each child.

The payments won preliminary approval by the little-known Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen's Survivor Benefit Review Board.

The four-member panel includes state Attorney General Jeff Landry, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, State Risk Director J. S. "Bud" Thompson and state Fire Marshall Butch Browning.

Landry said that, once the paperwork is completed, the panel will meet within 48 hours to take final action on the payments.

Two Baton Rouge police officers -- Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald -- and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola were killed near Airline Highway 10 days ago.

Jackson is survived by one child, Gerald two and Garafola four children.

Three other law enforcement officers were wounded, and one remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Services for the three slain officers were held last Monday, Saturday and Friday.

The shooter, Gavin Long of Kansas City, Mo., was killed by a Baton Rouge Police Department SWAT team.

Separately, the two congressmen who represent Baton Rouge announced on July 20 that they are trying to secure $340,000 each in federal money for each of the families of the slain officers.

Federal money is available for families of fallen law enforcement officers.

The state plan would also allow surviving children of the slain law enforcement officers to attend a public state college or university tuition free.

Landry said he could not estimate when the board will meet again on the payments.

The board typically meets quarterly.

Landry said a special meeting was called this time in light of the high-profile shooting.

"They certainly met the threshold immediately, we knew that." Landry said of the surviving family members.

The meeting was finished in less than 15 minutes.

The Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department are gathering the paperwork needed for final approval of the benefits.

While the board is little known it has been in place since 1989.

The money for the families would come from the state's Self-Insurance Fund.

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