Published: Wed, August 14, 2019

CHP officer, suspect killed in Riverside gun battle

CHP officer, suspect killed in Riverside gun battle

One of the California Highway Patrol officers shot during a shootout in Riverside Monday evening has died while two others remain hospitalized, according to KABC.

Scott Parker, assistant chief of CHP Inland Division, said Andre Moye, the officer who initiated the traffic stop, determined the suspect's truck needed to be impounded, and that, while filling out paperwork, the suspect entered Moye's vehicle, grabbed a rifle and shot him. Police said the shooting started after Officer Andre Moye pulled over the suspect's vehicle and attempted to impound it.

One wounded officer was in critical condition and the other was serious but both are expected to survive, Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback said Tuesday.

Two other CHP officers then arrived at the scene and also began firing at the suspect who was shot during the shootout and was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

What do we know about the officer who died? Investigators were still gathering evidence, Tuesday morning.

"He was so kind", his stepmother, Debbie Howard, told KTVU-TV.

Court records show Luther was arrested in 2007 on felony assault charges and took a no-contest plea deal that sentenced him to 90 days in jail.

Other officers soon arrived at the scene, as The Times reported - and witnesses later described a scene of chaos.

In honor of Officer Moye, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Citing law enforcement sources, the Los Angeles Times reported that Aaron Luther was a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang and had a criminal record dating back to the 1990s.

"His mother told me this was his dream job and he loved going to work", Dance said.

Dennis Luther, the father of the suspected shooter, said he watched the events unfold on television.

The officer was fatally wounded but managed to call for help.

"I'm so sorry for the officer", Luther's wife, McKenzie Luther, told the Southern California News Group. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal.

"He's my hero", Moctezuma said.

Pasco said it's not unusual for officers to impound a auto at the scene, or to let someone return to his or her vehicle.

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

Dance said Moye was impounding Luther's pickup when Luther got out a rifle, and the gunbattle lasted several minutes. "I know his family is going through the same thing I am".

She arrived at the scene during the shootout and a bullet pierced the windshield of the auto she was driving in with her children.

Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said Aaron 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.

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