After videos of the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling surfaced online, the Baton Rouge Police Department released an updated statement naming the officers involved in the incident. They are Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II. Both officers are said to be members of the police department’s Uniform Patrol Division.
The shooting of Sterling has caused an uproar in streets and online. According to the police department, Sterling died as a result of an altercation with the officers. Based on the videos, it appears he was shot several times in the chest.
The police department said officers Salamoni and Lake were responding to a disturbance call regarding Sterling, who had threatened a man with a gun while selling CD’s. The altercation took place in the parking lot of the business.
A four-year veteran with the department, Salamoni is said to be the son of former Baton Rouge Police Department captain Melissa Salamoni. Last month, the department said Melissa was retiring after “32 great years of service.” During her long career, she reportedly served with the Uniform Patrol, Traffic Division, Criminal Investigation for major Assaults, FBI Task Force and Training Academy.
At the same time, Melissa served the roles of Major Assaults Commander, Violent Crimes Unit Commander and Sex Crimes Commander. She was also the department’s first female Chief of Staff. On the other hand, Blane’s father Noel Salamoni is the commander of the Special Operations Division at the Baton Rouge Police Department.
On the other hand, Blane’s wife is said to be Allison Salamoni who last May was named EMT of the year by Acadian Ambulance. Upon receiving the award, she said, “I love the rewarding aspect of this career and having the ability to touch at least one person’s life on a daily basis.”
Meanwhile, Howie Lake II is said to be a three-year veteran with the police department. Back in 2015, Lake received a certificate of commendation along with several other officers. According to a profile from Everpedia, Lake is 29 years old and played college football as an offensive lineman for Louisiana College.
As shooting investigation gets underway, Baton Rouge Police Department said it has put both Salamoni and Lake on administrative as standard procedure.