The Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling will be fired effective today, the city’s police chief announced in a press conference Friday.
Baton Rouge Police Officer Blane Salamoni will be removed from his post, while the other officer involved in the shooting, Howie Lake II, will be suspended from the force for three days, Police Chief Murphy Paul said after a disciplinary hearing.
The state attorney general’s office already announced Tuesday that the officers would not face criminal charges for their actions.
The two officers, who are both white, confronted Sterling in July 2016 outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge. Sterling, a black man, was armed with .38 caliber revolver with six rounds in it, according to the Justice Department. The officers attempted to subdue Sterling with a stun gun and wrestled with him on the ground. Salamoni then fired six shots, killing Sterling.
Sterling’s death prompted protests in 2016, as did the more recent results of the separate investigations.