The elder Salamoni was a finalist for the city’s police chief position in 2013, but the current chief, Carl Dabadie Jr., was chosen instead.
Blane Salamoni’s mother, Melissa Salamoni, is a retired Baton Rouge police captain, according to her Linkedin profile. She joined the department in 1984 and was the violent crime and crime scene commander at the time of her retirement.
Here’s what you need to know about Howie Lake II, the other officer identified. (NOTE: His picture will be added later, when I can find the picture.)
Lake Has Been With the Baton Rouge Department for 3 Years
Officer Howie Lake II, 29, is a three-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
He is a member of the uniform patrol division. Lake won a “life saving” award in 2015, according to the department’s Facebook page. (Also fucking ironic!)
Lake attended Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, graduating in 2006. He then attended college.
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WHEN MORE INFO IS AVAILABLE
BREAKING: Howie Lake II & Blane Salamoni Are The Two Baton Rouge Police Officers Involved In The Death of Alton Sterling
Officer Howie Lake II has been identified as one of the police officers put on paid administrative leave after the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
Sterling was killed early Tuesday morning outside a convenience store. The other officer has been named as Officer Blane Salamoni. The shooting was caught on video by a witness, and has spread across the Internet, leading to protests and outrage on social media.
He was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive,WAFB-TV reports.
The officers had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.
Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. But a witness told The Advocate that Sterling did have a gun, but was not holding it or reaching for his pockets during the incident.
The officers, who were interviewed Wednesday, both said they “believe they were completely justified in using deadly force,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said at a press conference.
The brief video, which you can watch at the link above, shows the end of the incident. In the video, an officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground,” out of the view of the cell phone camera. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Alton Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a car and then down to the pavement.
Another officer can then be seen kneeling on Sterling. After a few seconds one of the officers yells, “He’s got a gun!” The officer seen in the video kneeling on Sterling draws his weapon and one of them says, “if you f*cking move, I swear to God!”
Two shots can then be heard and the bystander drops the cell phone. Three more shots are then fired after a brief pause.
The store’s owner, Abdullah Muflahi, told The Advocate that Sterling was armed, but said he was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident, the Advocate reports. The gun was later found in his pocket, Muflahi told the newspaper. Police have not confirmed his version of events.
His father, Captain Noel Salamoni, is the commander of the Baton Rouge department’s Special Operations Division and was a finalist for the city’s police chief job in 2013. His mother, Melissa, is a retired police captain.
The Officers’ Body Cameras ‘Fell Off’ During the Incident
The investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the FBI, the Baton Rouge Police Department said.
In addition to the witness video, police said they have surveillance video from the convenience store and dash camera video from police vehicles.
The officers were wearing body cameras, but they fell off during the incident, State Representative Denise Marcelle told WAFB-TV. She said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. told her about the cameras falling off, and said they do not show the shooting as a result.
Sterling’s family has called for all other video showing the shooting to be released, while police have asked any witnesses who recorded video to turn it over to them to aid in the investigation.