>> Outrage in Baton Rouge a day after an armed black man was shot and killed by police. The Justice Department on Wednesday, leading a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting, as Louisiana's Governor appealed for calm.>> I have full confidence that this matter will be investigated thoroughly.
Impartially and professionally.>> The incident began Tuesday night when officers were responding to a call that 37-year old Alton Sterling who was selling CDs had a gun and was threatening the 911 caller. Cell phone video from a bystander circulating on social media shows two officers pinning down a red-shirted black man in a store parking lot in Baton Rouge.
One of the cops then pulls a gun from his holster, pointing it at Sterling's chest. At least three gun shots ring out, followed by the sound of a woman screaming and crying and a man asking whether they shot him.>> They shot you?>> Yes!>> The Baton Rouge Police Chief identifying the two officers on Wednesday.
>> The officers involved in yesterday's events, were Duane Salamoney a four year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department>> And Howie Lake, a three year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.>> The police chief now fighting off calls to resign.
>> I'm not resigning. I'm not retiring.>> Local media reporting that police confiscated the store's surveillance footage that the owner says would have clearly captured the violent death. The shooting comes at a time of fierce national debate and heightened security over the use of excessive force by police, especially against black men in major US cities such as New York, Baltimore, and Chicago.