Wounded Officer Pulled to Safety in California Freeway Shootout

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2019

Another officer was hospitalized in critical condition but the third had only minor injuries.

Riverside City Deputy Chief of Police Jeffrey Greer reacts at the scene where a shootout near a freeway killed a California Highway Patrol officer and wounded two others before the gunman was fatally s.

The shooting was reported around 5:35 p.m.in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, near the 215 Freeway. "Officer Moye was a hero in the truest sense".

It was not clear if the officer making the stop was the officer killed.

Parker said the first CHP officer who was wounded was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Moye returned fire, and even though he had been shot, he was able to radio for help. Tributes and condolences have poured in for Moye following his death.

As he was calling for a tow truck and filling out paperwork, the suspect entered the truck, grabbed a rifle and fired it at the officer, police say.

He is survived by his wife, his father, mother and stepfather, and several siblings, authorities said.

CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley tweeted his sympathies Monday evening.

"I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside". The situation arose during a traffic stop on Interstate 216 in Riverside. "Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting".

"He engaged our officer with multiple gunshots", Parker said.

"We know his motive for this crime", Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday night, as Fox News reported on Tuesday morning. He will be "remembered for his commitment to service and the community of Riverside County".

"That is all going to be part of this lengthy investigation", he said.

"We don't know where the suspect was going, where he was headed to, what his affiliations are", Diaz said.

Officer Andre Moye is seen in a photo provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Authorities didn't immediately release the names of the slain CHP officer or the gunman.

The suspect has not been named by police, however, according to ABC7, he was identified as by his family as Aaron Luther, 49, of Beaumont-an ex-con who served 10 years in prison for attempted murder. "It's hard. I love him. And I'm sorry for the policeman", he told the station. Officer Moye succumbed to his injuries.

"I think he couldn't cope with his marital problems", Luther said.

"I think he just thought he didn't have much to live for", Dennis Luther said. He said his truck was being impounded and asked her to give him a ride.

Video from the scene shows bullet holes in the front windshields of two CHP cars. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley.

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