The Latest: Man accused of stealing guns due in court


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police officers (all times local):

9:10 a.m.

A Baton Rouge man accused of stealing guns from a pawn shop told investigators he was motivated by money, despite claims that an alleged accomplice said they stole firearms to shoot police officers.

Twenty-year-old Malik Bridgewater is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on Friday. Police arrested Bridgewater and two other suspects following a burglary last weekend at a pawn shop where eight handguns were stolen.

A court filing Thursday says Bridgewater told investigators his motivation for the burglary was to sell stolen items.

But state and local law-enforcement authorities said the stolen guns were part of a credible threat to harm police officers.

The arrests came amid heightened tensions in Baton Rouge following a black man’s fatal shooting during a struggle with two white police officers.

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3:15 a.m.

Family and friends of a black man shot and killed by two white police officers in Louisiana are gathering to honor him.

Funeral services are being held Friday for 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who died July 5 outside a Baton Rouge convenience store during an altercation with the officers.

Captured on video recordings, Sterling’s death sparked outrage among many in the African-American community about the treatment of black people by police. His death prompted protests and heightened tensions in the U.S. along with last week’s deadly police shooting of a black man in Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.

A public viewing is set to begin at 8 a.m. CDT at Southern University in Baton Rouge followed by a funeral.

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