Officer Brad Garafola was just ending a shift at the B-Quik convenience store Sunday morning when his wife arrived to pick him up. But when she pulled up to the store, she couldn’t get to its entrance. There were police cars everywhere.

Soon she would find out that a man armed with a rifle shot and killed three Baton Rouge Police Officers. One of them was her husband.

Garafola had worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years. He was 45 years old.

“Everybody on this street depended on him,” his wife Tonja Garafola, told The Advocate.

Garafola was the father of four children, aged 7 to 21.

“He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father,” she said. “He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody.”

Garafola was the third victim of the shootings to be identified. The other officers killed were Montrell Jackson, 32 and Matthew Gerald, 41. Sheriff’s deputies Nicholas Tullier, 41, and Bruce Simmons, 51, were among the injured, according to the Associated Press. Tullier is in critical condition.

Tonja Garafola drove home later in the day, without her husband. The Advocate reported family and friends were gathered at her house, watching the aftermath of the shooting unfold on television.

Her husband’s shift at the B-Quik convenience store was just an extra duty, she said. She was going to pick him up, and the next day, they were going to go on vacation.

Video: What we know about the Baton Rouge shooting (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

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