CHP officer dies after Riverside gun battle, 2 others hurt and suspect killed – Press-Enterprise

CHP officer dies after Riverside gun battle, 2 others hurt and suspect killed - Press-Enterprise
CHP officer, gunman dead in shootout near freeway: report
A California Highway Patrol officer is dead after a suspect opened fire on officers near a freeway during rush hour; Anita Vogel reports.

A California Highway Patrol officer was gunned down Monday in a shootout off the 215 Freeway, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities say a CHP officer was doing paperwork to impound the pickup truck when the driver reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, identified as 33-year-old Andre Moye, Jr. Two other CHP officers were wounded, one critically.

Video: Riverside shooting near 215 Freeway leaves 1 CHP officer dead, two injured

The Times reported that a man driving a white GMC pickup truck was stopped by an officer on a motorcycle. At some point, the man grabbed a rifle from inside the vehicle and fired at the officer approaching him. Other officers arrived at the scene and witnesses described a chaotic situation. One driver said bullets “flew through their windows.”

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"We don't know his motive for this crime," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday night.

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"He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork" when the driver pulled a rifle from the truck and opened fire, said Scott Parker, assistant chief at the CHP's Inland Division. The officer called for help and three other CHP officers arrived. The officers immediately faced gunfire and two were hit, Parker said.

Other drivers ran for cover and two people were slightly injured as dozens of bullets flew Monday just off a freeway in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

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A Riverside police officer and three Riverside County sheriff's deputies also arrived and traded shots with the man before killing him at the scene, Diaz said.

CHIP Commissioner Warren Stanley identified the deceased officer as Andre Moye. “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,” he wrote.

Video showed the gunman, apparently clad in black and wielding a military assault-style rifle, trading fire with officers and then retreating to crouch behind the front of his truck for cover, still trading shots.

An unbelievably upsetting night here in Riverside. 1 CHP officer killed, 2 more injured after a man shot them with an assault style rifle during a traffic stop. An innocent family caught in the crossfire & saved by a stranger. Developing story on #KCAL9 @ 10 & @CBSLA at 11 pic.twitter.com/litl2Zs5HT

Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows.

Parker said the first CHP officer who was wounded was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another officer was hospitalized in critical condition but the third had only minor injuries.

“We had a CHP officer make a traffic stop on a white GMC pickup truck,” he said. “The officer at some point during the traffic stop determined he was going to impound the subject’s vehicle. He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork.”

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However, family members identified the officer as 33-year-old Andre Moye, Jr., who was married and had been with the CHP for about four years, KABC-TV reported.

That’s not the end of his rap sheet, though. The Los Angeles Times listed these past offenses for Luther: “peace, vandalism, battery, stalking, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury on a spouse.”

Two civilians received superficial injuries and "they're going to be OK," Parker said.

“Both of those officers were struck by the suspect’s firing at them. One of them received major injuries and is in critical condition. He was transported to the hospital. The other officer received minor injuries,” he said.

Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck. Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.

There are conflicting reports about whether he was a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang, according to The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that local investigators thought he was, but federal experts say he wasn’t.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

Sergio Diaz, the chief of the Riverside PD, said the incident involved a large number of law enforcement officers. “It was a long and horrific gun battle and it resulted in a very extensive crime scene,” Diaz said.

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Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer's flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Motorcycle officers then led a procession as the hearse was driven to the county coroner's office.

Extremely disturbing video footage emerged from a citizen who captured the suspect walking toward police with a rifle. You can see some of the videos to emerge later in this article, but be aware that they are troubling.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, tweeted, “Please say some prayers for the CHP officers involved, according to the report.

The Times reported that the condition of the two officers who were injured was not immediately known.

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – Authorities are looking for the person who allegedly kicked a dog out of their car on Highway 50 and sped off.

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The incident happened Sunday evening along the westbound side of the freeway at the Greenstone Road exit.

According to California Highway Patrols Placerville division, a witness saw a car slow down – then saw someone kick the dog out. The car then sped off.

An officer was able to get to the scene quickly and rescued the dog before anything worse could happen.

Not sure what would bring someone to abandoning an innocent dog on a freeway. We will reserve further comment on that, CHP Placerville wrote on Facebook. If you can no longer care for your pet there are many places to safely surrender and find a new home for them. The freeway is not one of those places.

CHP is now looking for whoever may have abandoned the dog. The vehicle it was kicked out of has only been described as a white van. Anyone who has information about the dog and who may have abandoned it is asked to call authorities at (916) 861-1300.


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