One police officer dead, 2 injured in shooting on California highway

Two Officers and Suspect Hurt During Riverside Gun Fight

A California Highway Patrol officer who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Riverside was mourned by CHP on Tuesday as a memorial fund was established to help out his family.

34-year-old Officer Moye was impounding a vehicle on Eucalyptus Avenue near Interstate 215 in Riverside when the driver retrieved a firearm from the auto and began to fire. The suspect also died during a resulting shooting spree with police. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, right, with Riverside City Police Chief Sergio G. Diaz, center, and a California Highway Patrol officer gather information after a shootout near a freeway killed a.

The first officer was flown by a helicopter ambulance to a local hospital, where he died, Parker said.

Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer's flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Tributes and condolences have poured in for Moye following his death.

Moye graduated from the CHP Academy in March 2017 and was assigned to the Riverside area. He is survived by his wife, father, mother, stepfather, brothers and sisters, the statement added.

"I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside", CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley wrote on Twitter.

"This tragedy is devastating and we are grief-stricken by this disgusting situation that once again reminds us of the constant risk faced by law enforcement", Brad Houle, the president of CAHP Credit Union, said in a statement.

Two responding CHP officers also were shot, Railsback said. He says his son was a felon who wasn't allowed to have a gun. He will be "remembered for his commitment to service and the community of Riverside County".

The officer apparently pulled the suspect over Monday evening on the 215 Freeway in Riverside, the Los Angeles Times reported. "We don't know his motive for this crime and we won't speculate on that".


The Highway Patrol officer and the suspect were rushed to nearby hospitals and declared dead after the shootout, police said.

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

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

"It's hard, I love him", Luther said in an exclusive interview with ABC7.

"I'm devastated", he said.

"I was 21 years in the Marine Corps, and my training just kicked in", Childress said.

"We're grieving for the police just as much as we're grieving for our son", Luther told the station.

The gunman was identified as Aaron Luther by family members, according to Eyewitness News, who said he had served time for attempted murder but was now a married father trying to get his life together.

"She said she heard 'pop, pop, pop. gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her auto", Luther said of his son's wife.

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