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‘Long And Horrific Gun Battle’: 3 Officers Shot In Riverside California

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Three California Highway Patrol officers were shot — one fatally — in Riverside on Monday night in what officers called a “long and horrific gun battle.”

CHP Officer Andre Moye Jr., 33, was conducting a traffic stop of a suspect driving a truck, who has since been identified as Aaron Luther, when he decided to impound the suspect’s vehicle, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported, citing police.

While he was making arrangements for a tow truck and filling out paperwork, Luther — a married 49-year-old father of two from Beaumont — pulled a rifle from inside his truck and began firing at Moye, who was able to call for help.

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Three additional CHP officers, along with three deputies, arrived at the scene and continued a gun battle with the suspect, who managed to shoot and seriously injure two other officers, including one who is in critical condition, before he was shot dead.

“It was a long and horrific gun battle,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said, according to ABC 7. “And it resulted in a very extensive crime scene.” 

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After the shootout, Moye was rushed to a hospital in Moreno Valley, where he was pronounced dead. He was married and had been an officer for about four years, according to his family.

“I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said on Twitter. “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.”

Luther’s father told Eyewitness News that Luther was an ex-con who had served time in prison for attempted murder.

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