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BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge police released the names of the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling. Blane Salamoni, is a 4-year veteran and Howie Lake II, is a 3-year veteran. Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday morning following the shooting.


BATON ROUGE — The U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division will be the lead agency investigating the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters Wednesday.

The U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and state police also will be involved, he said.

Edwards said he has “very serious concerns” after having watched a cell phone video of the shooting.

“The video is disturbing, to say the least,” he said.

He said officials agreed there should be an independent investigation.

“There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that this incident is going to be investigated impartially and thoroughly,” the governor said.

Edwards said he expressed his condolences Wednesday to Sterling’s family, speaking on the phone with his aunt.