An officer and a suspect died and two other officers were seriously injured following a gun battle on Riverside freeway, in California, on Monday evening, Aug. 12.
According to police, the shooting occurred around 5:35 p.m., near the 215 Freeway.
Riverside police said a CHP officer made a traffic stop of a suspect in a white GMC pickup truck and then decided to impound the vehicle.
He called for a tow truck and was filling out paperwork when the male suspect entered the truck, retrieved an unknown-caliber rifle and began firing at the officer, police said.
The officer was able to broadcast a call for help and three additional CHP officers responded to the scene, along with three deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and one Riverside police officer. They engaged in gunfire with the suspect.
The two additional CHP officers were struck—one received major injuries and is in critical condition, the other with minor injuries—and the suspect was killed at the scene.
The officer who made the original traffic stop was transported to a hospital in Moreno Valley where he was pronounced dead.
The deceased officer was identified as 33-year-old Andre Moye by family members. He had been with the CHP for about four years.
The suspected gunman was identified by his family members as Aaron Luther, a 49-year-old father of two from Beaumont. Aaron was an ex-con who had served time in prison for attempted murder, his father said.
At least two CHP vehicles had visible gunshot damage in the rear windshields at the scene.