Police release 911 calls that led to Alton Sterling’s death

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BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – Authorities have released the 911 recordings that led to the officer-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

A 911 operator can be heard telling police that there was a “suspicious code” at 2100 North Forster across from Fairfield.”

The operator says they got a call about someone selling CDs on the corner with a gun in his pocket.

“He pulled the gun on the complainant and told him he couldn’t be around there,” the operator says.

Baton Rouge police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake responded to the call and found Sterling, the “CD man,” outside the convenience store.

Police say Sterling resisted, leading to an altercation between the two officers and Sterling that turned deadly when Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest.

The officers are on administrative leave.

Cell phone video taken by witnesses at the scene has since gone viral, prompting protests in the capital city and calls from the NAACP for the Baton Rouge police chief to resign.

“I have very serious concerns,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The video is disturbing, to say the least.”

Edwards said he’s meeting with Sterling’s family today.

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