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CrimeCalifornia freeway shooting: Suspect ID'd in 'horrific gun battle'

10:41  14 august  2019
10:41  14 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Authorities have not identified the suspect but are looking into his background to determine what prompted him to open fire, Riverside Police Department Chief Sergio Multiple agencies responded to the call and engaged the gunman in what was described by Diaz as a “long and horrific gun battle .”

Police search for motive in 'long and horrific gun battle ' off California freeway in Riverside. Police are investigating why a man suddenly opened fire just off a freeway in Riverside The suspect , whose truck was being impounded when the incident occurred Monday evening, died at the scene, police said.

Police on Tuesday were investigating why a man suddenly opened fire during a traffic stop near a freeway in Riverside, California, killing a patrol officer, wounding two others and sending drivers fleeing as bullets flew.

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“We don’t know his motive for this crime,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said. The suspect, whose truck was being impounded when the incident occurred Monday evening, died at the scene, police said.

Family members identified the deceased California Highway Patrol officer as 33-year-old Andre Moye, according to KABC-TV. Debbie Howard, a family member of Moye, told NBC4 Moye was a good person and loved his job.

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Highway cop is killed, two officers are wounded and the gunman is shot dead in ' horrific gun battle ' near a California freeway after truck driver pulls out a rifle and opens fire during traffic stop. California Highway Patrol officer killed by has been named as Andre Moye, 33. He was killed after a man whose

‘‘It was a long and horrific gun battle ,’’ the chief said. Video showed the gunman, apparently clad in black and wielding a military assault-style rifle, trading fire with officers and Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows.

"I've been knowing him since he was a baby," she said in tears. "I don't understand. I just don't understand."

CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley expressed his condolences in a tweet. "I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside," he wrote.

The suspect was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther, who has a criminal record dating to the 1980s in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, the Los Angeles Times reported based on public records.

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1 CHP officer dead, two other officers injured in wild shootout near 215 Freeway LOS ANGELES - A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two other officers were wounded in a wild shootout Monday evening off the 215 Freeway in Riverside County that left the gunman dead and motorists dodging bullets. The conditions of the other two officers were unknown, according to the Riverside Police Department. The suspect was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to initial reports from law enforcement at the scene, a CHP motorcycle officer stopped a driver for an offense. The driver then is thought to have grabbed a rifle from inside the car and opened fire on the officer.

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"It was a long and horrific gun battle ," the chief said. Dennis Luther of Riverside said he watched the shootout on television. After the shooting , dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Man ID ’ d in fatal New Milford shooting .

Luther's convictions include disturbing the peace, vandalism, battery, stalking, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury on a spouse, the Times reported. He pleaded guilty to burglary and second-degree murder charges in 1994 and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. He was paroled in 2004.

Diaz called the incident "a long and horrific gun battle."

The patrol officer was doing paperwork to impound the pickup when the suspect reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, authorities said. Police did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck.

Jennifer Moctezuma, 31, of Moreno Valley told the Los Angeles Times she was driving home with her 6-year-old twins when a bullet pierced her front windshield.

Charles Childress, 56, a retired Marine from Moreno Valley who was in the car behind Moctezuma, helped the family crawl to the bottom of a bridge to hide, the Times reported. “He’s my hero,” Moctezuma said.

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Ex-con who shot dead a cop and injured two others in 'horrific gun battle' when he was pulled over on a California highway was depressed and having marital problems, says his father California Highway Patrol officer Andre Moye, 33, was killed in a hail of gunfire near a freeway in Riverside on Monday after a man, whose pickup truck was being impounded, opened fire.

Riverside Shooting : Tributes Paid to CHP Officer Andre Moye Killed in 'Long and Horrific ' Gun Battle With Suspect . Tributes have been paid to California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye, 34, who was killed during a Two other officers were also injured during the shooting just off the 215 Freeway .

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two officers others wounded during a "long and horrific gun battle " at a traffic stop on a freeway near Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday. Dennis Luther, the father of the suspected shooter , said he watched the events unfold on television.

KABC-TV reported that Dennis Luther of Riverside identified the gunman as his son, Aaron Luther, 49. Luther said he watched the shootout on television.

“It’s hard. I love him. And I’m sorry for the policeman,” he told KABC-TV. “I’m devastated. I just can’t believe it.”

Luther said his son served prison time for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He said he didn't know how his son had access to a gun, which is illegal for felons to possess.

He said his son recently appeared depressed and had knee pain and marital problems. But his son was devoted to his two children and a stepchild, he said.

“He lived for his kids. That’s what motivated him,” Luther said. “So I don’t know what overcame him. I mean, I wish I did know.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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