California officer killed in wild shootout with suspect

California officer killed in wild shootout with suspect

One California Highway Patrol officer is dead and two other officers remain hospitalized after a shootout Monday following a traffic stop in Riverside.

The suspect shot the officer with a rifle.

Moye called for help and three other CHP officers arrived, who immediately faced gunfire and two were hit, Parker said.

Two responding CHP officers also were shot, Railsback said.

The shooting was reported around 5:35 the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, near the 215 Freeway.

Gov. Newsom issued this statement on Moye's death: "Jennifer and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers grieving the tragic loss of Officer Moye, who will be remembered for his commitment to serving the Riverside County community and the people of California".

It was not clear if the officer making the stop was the officer killed.

"It was a long and horrific gun battle", the chief said.

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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. The other received minor injuries.

In a message posted on Twitter late Monday evening, CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said: "I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside".

Dozens of rounds were fired in the melee, the Los Angeles Times reported. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

The suspect was struck at the scene and officials later said he had died. Officer Moye is survived by his wife, Sara, father, mother, stepfather, brothers and sisters.

Riverside Police officer Ryan Railsback told local media that the motive behind the shooting was not yet known.

Flags at the capitol will be flown at half-staff in his honor, the governor's office said.

"That is all going to be part of this lengthy investigation", he said.

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