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A rookie officer's encounter with future Baton Rouge cop killer

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This frame grab made from a video posted on YouTube on July 10, 2016, shows Gavin Eugene Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra. Long killed law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (YouTube via AP) This frame grab made from a video posted on YouTube on July 10, 2016, shows Gavin Eugene Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra. Long killed law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (YouTube via AP)
Dash cam video of traffic stop in March. (Goodwell Police Department / KMOV) Dash cam video of traffic stop in March. (Goodwell Police Department / KMOV)
A citation shows Gavin Long wrote All Rights Reserved next to his initials (KMOV, Goodwell Police Department) A citation shows Gavin Long wrote All Rights Reserved next to his initials (KMOV, Goodwell Police Department)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Four months before he shot and killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers, a rural Oklahoma police officer had an encounter with Gavin Long that was all caught on dash cam.

Missouri driving records indicate Long was pulled over by police in Goodwell, Oklahoma on March 23, 2016.  He was clocked going 23 miles-per-hour over the speed limit on a desolate stretch of highway in the Oklahoma panhandle by a 22-year-old rookie officer.

“He had a look of resentment on his face,” the officer said. “Disgusted like I was picking on him.”  

Long, who was a Kansas City resident, was driving a rental car. The officer, who KMOV is not identifying, wrote him a ticket for speeding. On the ticket, Long signed his initials and wrote ‘’All Rights Reserved.”

“I'm not going to say it aligns with this ideology or that, that is in line with people who consider themselves sovereign citizens; people who don’t recognize local authority,” explained Chief of Police Andy Ramirez.

After handing Long the ticket, he drove off. The highway heads south to the Texas border, but the officer said he had no idea where Long was going or why he was in that part of the country.

Following the shooting, records revealed Long intended to change his name to Cosmo and labeled himself as a sovereign citizen, a group that concerns law enforcement.

Less than four months later, Long made his way to Baton Rouge, where authorities said he killed three officers and wounded others.  

The rookie Goodwell officer described it as heartbreaking and chilling knowing that he had an encounter with Long.

“I really thank God for delivering me from evil that day,” he told KMOV exclusively. “As I look back I’m glad I made it home that night for whatever reason he chose not to do anything.”  

He said it reminded him how dangerous his job can be, but it won’t scare him away.

“I took an oath to protect and serve and that's what I’m going to do,” he said.

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