Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Officer, suspect killed in California shootout

Officer, suspect killed in California shootout

Riverside authorities say a CHP officer stopped the suspect driving a GMC pickup truck and then chose to impound the vehicle.

The officer was identified as Andre Moye, Jr.

The incident occurred at roughly 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer chose to impound the man's vehicle. One of the CHP officers was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The suspect was transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, Railsback said.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement on Moye's death late Monday night.

According to Riverside Police, the shooting happened just before 6 p.m. on the 215 freeway near Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue. "Officer Moye served as a member of the CHP for almost three years".

Moye graduated from the CHP Academy on March 3, 2017, and was assigned to the Riverside County area.

Moye, who'd served for almost three years, is survived by his wife, his parents and his brothers and sisters. "Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own", CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a tweet. The other officer suffered only minor injuries. "Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting".

Dennis Luther of Riverside said he watched the shootout on television.

"It was a long and horrific gun battle", said Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz.

Moye died at a local hospital. Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said. "We don't know his motive for this crime and we won't speculate on that".

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The officer returned fire, authorities said.

The names of the hospitalized officers were not released by authorities.

KABC-TV reported that a man identified the shooter as his son, Aaron Luther, 49, of neighbouring Beaumont.

"It's hard. I love him. I told my kids to get down and duck but they couldn't, their seatbelts were on", she said.

Riverside police say a CHP officer conducted a traffic stop and the suspect produced an assault rifle and began firing.

"I'm devastated", he said. "I'm devastated. I just can't believe it".

Parker said two civilians received superficial injuries and "they're going to be OK".

Several motorists were struck by glass shards when bullets hit their auto windows, officials said, and were treated by paramedics at the scene.

When he was released from prison, Aaron Luther worked in construction but could not perform well because of pain in his knees, his father said. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal.

Traffic near the shooting scene and the nearby Interstate 215/Moreno Valley (60) Freeway interchange was expected to be affected throughout the morning commute and drivers were asked to find alternate routes, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

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