Survivors of 3 slain Baton Rouge officers to get $250,000

Millville, N.J.police chaplain Robert Ossler prays at a makeshift memorial at the shooting scene in Baton Rouge, La., where several law enforcement officers were either shot or killed, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Families of the three law enforcement officers killed in a lone gunman’s ambush in Baton Rouge are each due to receive $250,000 in state survivor benefits.

A four-member state board held a special meeting Wednesday to preliminarily approve the payments, aiming to hasten the preparation of paperwork needed for final approval, Attorney General Jeff Landry said. Each child of an officer is eligible for an additional $25,000.

Baton Rouge police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson and sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola were slain on July 17 before a SWAT officer’s long-range bullet killed the gunman. Authorities said he came from Kansas City, Missouri to target police officers.


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