No motive after shootout kills California officer, gunman

No motive after shootout kills California officer, gunman

Scott Parker, assistant chief of CHP Inland Division, said Andre Moye, the officer who initiated the traffic stop, determined the suspect's truck needed to be impounded, and that, while filling out paperwork, the suspect entered Moye's vehicle, grabbed a rifle and shot him.

The first two additional officers at the scene were also CHP and both were shot, he said, including one who was in critical condition at a hospital.

"He was so kind", his stepmother, Debbie Howard, told KTVU-TV.

The officer apparently pulled the suspect over Monday evening on the 215 Freeway in Riverside, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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

Riverside police spokesman Ryan Railsback said the motive behind the shooting was unknown.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. "Next thing I know, I called his dad, and I said, 'Hey, there's a shootout going and there's a CHP officer on a bike, ' and his dad said, 'It was him.' It was unbelievable".

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The driver then pulled a rifle from inside their auto and began firing at the patrolman, according to the report.

Police earlier had said at least one civilian had been slightly injured by flying glass.

That will be part of a "very long" and "complex" investigation, Railsback said.

Jennifer Moctezuma, 31, of Moreno Valley told Fox 11 that she was driving home with her 6-year-old twins when a bullet flew through her front windshield. "I told my kids to get down and duck but they couldn't, their seatbelts were on", she said.

He led the family as they crawled to the bottom of a bridge to hide and none were harmed, the Times reported.

Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said. "Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting". Then motorcycle officers escorted the hearse in a procession to the county coroner's office.

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