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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, early Tuesday morning.
“The FBI’s New Orleans Division, the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana have opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Alton Sterling,” said David Jacobs, a spokesman for the department. “The Justice Department will collect all available facts and evidence and conduct a fair, thorough and impartial investigation.”
Sterling was killed after officers on the scene responded to reports of a man carrying a gun, threatening others and selling CDs in front of a Triple S convenience store. Sterling was shot in the chest and back multiple times, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.
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