CHP officer killed, two others injured in Riverside shootout

CHP officer killed, two others injured in Riverside shootout

CHP officer killed, two others injured in Riverside shootout

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two others were wounded in a wild shootout with a suspect on a freeway in the state on Monday, police and reports said.

At least one other person, a civilian who was not in the immediate area of the shooting scene, was injured in the shooting but it is not believed they were struck by a bullet, Railsback said.

"I said, 'Junior, are you alright?' and never heard back from him ...", Howard said.

Moye was killed about 5:30 p.m. Monday, after he pulled over the shooter in a white GMC pickup for an unknown reason off the 215 freeway and chose to impound his truck.

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

"We know his motive for this crime", Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday night.

The officer put out a call for help which brought officers from CHP, Riverside Police and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to the scene, Railsback said.

The gun battle broke out near Interstate 215 after Moye pulled a man over driving a white pickup truck. While waiting for a tow truck, the motorist, whose name has not been released, pulled a a rifle and opened fire. One of the injured officers was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Video from the scene shows bullet holes in the front windshields of two CHP cars.

Parker said Moye was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"She said she heard "pop, pop, pop" ... gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her auto", Luther said of his son's wife. The bullet barely missed "my head and my two kids. And I'm sorry for the policeman", he told KABC-TV.

Charles Childress, 56, a retired Marine from Moreno Valley, was in the vehicle behind her.

Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

Dozens saluted as the officer's flag-draped body was removed from a hospital and placed in a hearse. Then motorcycle officers escorted the hearse in a procession to the county coroner's office.

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