by Zachary Halaschak
A California Highway Patrol officer is dead and two others are wounded after a lengthy shootout that began with a routine traffic stop.
Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 34-year-old CHP officer Andre Moye stopped the driver of a white pickup truck along a highway off-ramp in Riverside, California. For reasons still not released, Moye decided to impound the vehicle and was filling out paperwork when the man pulled out a rifle from his trunk and began shooting at the officer.
Despite being fatally wounded, Moye was able to return fire and call for backup. Three other CHP officers, three deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Office, and at least one Riverside Police officer quickly arrived and began to engage the man with gunfire.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, the shooter was 49-year-old Aaron Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who had an extensive criminal record.
Dozens of rounds were exchanged between the group of officers and Luther, who critically injured a second CHP officer and wounded a third. Luther was killed during the gun battle, although a motive for the shooting is still unknown.
“We don’t know why” Luther shot Moye, Riverside Police spokesman Ryan Railsback said. “That is all going to be part of this lengthy investigation.”
Moye was airlifted to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries while en route.
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“It was a long and horrific gun battle, and resulted in a very extensive crime scene,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said at a Monday press conference.
Moye had been serving as a CHP officer for almost three years after graduating from the CHP academy in 2017. He previously had a job as an electrician, but dreamed of being an officer since he was just a child. He is survived by his parents, siblings, and wife, Sara.
“I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside. Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own, CHP Officer Andre Moye, who was killed during a shootout following a traffic stop. Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a tweet after the tragedy.
I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside. Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own, CHP Officer Andre Moye, who was killed during a shootout following a traffic stop. Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting.
— Warren Stanley (@CHPCommissioner) August 13, 2019
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Video of the shootout began to circulate in the wake of the gun fight. One woman said that a bullet went through her windshield as the rounds were flying.
The video from the gunfire shows the chaos while the video from last night’s procession shows the pain. We are covering the #Riverside shooting as @ChpRiverside @CHP_HQ mourns the loss of one of their own. RIP Officer Andre Moye Jr. @CBS8 @HeatherMyersTV @EricNews8 pic.twitter.com/1eMTfFoFUc
— Neda Iranpour (@NedaNews8) August 13, 2019
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