Officer, gunman killed in California highway shootout

Officers in shootout near Riverside Calif. freeway

Moye had determined the vehicle needed to be impounded and was filling out the paperwork when the driver grabbed a rifle and opened fire, CHP said.

Two CHP officers who responded to the call for backup were shot and wounded during a gunbattle with the suspect, including one who hospitalized in critical condition.

The incident occurred at roughly 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer made a decision to impound the man's vehicle.

Two other officers were struck by bullets, and two civilians received minor injuries, possibly from debris or glass, police said.

In a press conference broadcast on social media, authorities said that the officer was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital on the afternoon of August 12.

Video shows the moment shots were fired during the shootout.

Further officers and deputies from the Riverside Sheriff's Department and the Riverside Police Department arrived at the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, eventually striking him.

Moye was assigned to the Riverside CHP office after graduating from the CHP Academy in March 2017.

34, is survived by his wife Sara, both parents, his stepfather, two sisters and two brothers, and a large extended family, according to officials.

"I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside".

Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, said traffic stops and domestic violence calls are the most unsafe situations for police. Family members said he previously worked as an electrician but had dreamed of being an officer since he was a child.

A weapon, described as a rifle, was recovered at the scene, Riverside Police Department Chief Sergio Diaz said at a Monday night news conference. He will be "remembered for his commitment to service and the community of Riverside County".

Giving an update on the investigation, Diaz told reporters: "Here's what we don't know at this time: we don't know where the suspect was coming from, where he was headed to, what his affiliations are". "We don't know his motive for this crime and we won't speculate on that".

Authorities said they still are not sure what prompted the shooting. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

Police did not identify the gunman but Dennis Luther told multiple media outlets that the shooter was his son, Aaron Luther, 49, of nearby Beaumont. "It's hard. I love him".

Luther's father told KABC-TV Channel 7 that his son called his wife after being pulled over Monday evening.

The officer later died of his injuries.

"I think he couldn't cope with his marital problems", Luther said. "I just can't believe it". He told her his truck was being impounded and asked her to come pick him up.

"She said she heard "pop, pop, pop". gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her auto", Dennis Luther said.

Callison says Luther was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted second-degree murder and an enhancement for the use of a firearm, as well as burglary charges. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal.



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