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Wild California freeway shootout leaves officer, gunman dead

Wild California freeway shootout leaves officer, gunman dead

On August 12, Officer Moye, 34, was conducting a traffic stop on Eucalyptus Avenue near Interstate 215 in Riverside when he was shot by the driver of the vehicle.

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.

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. The other officer suffered only minor injuries.

The suspect was killed in a shootout with a fourth officer.

He is survived by his wife, mother, father, stepfather, two brothers, two sisters and a large extended family, Dance said.

"He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork", said Scott Parker, assistant chief at the CHP's Inland Division. Their first encounter with each other happened when Moye was training to be a motor officer.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, said traffic stops and domestic violence calls are the most risky situations for police.

"It was a long and horrific gun battle", said Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz. The officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Railsback said.

Authorities said it was unclear what prompted Moye to stop the truck or for the driver to open fire.

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Police and ambulances responded to reports of an armed man at about 2pm in the heart of the city's business district. He told AAP the area was usually "nice and quiet" and he was saddened to about the woman's death.

"This tragedy is devastating and we are grief-stricken by this awful situation that once again reminds us of the constant risk faced by law enforcement", Brad Houle, the president of CAHP Credit Union, said in a statement. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

Authorities said that the investigation was in its early stages.

"I think he couldn't cope with his marital problems", Luther said.

After his truck was impounded, Aaron Luther called his wife to pick him up, his father said.

"I was 21 years in the Marine Corps, and my training just kicked in", Childress said.

The gunman was identified by the Riverside County coroner's office as Aaron Luther, 49, and authorities say he had a criminal record that included an attempted murder conviction in 1994.

Dennis Luther said his son served 10 years in prison for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He does not know why his son had a gun in his possession.

"So she went there and the tow truck was there when she got there, she said she heard 'pop, pop, pop, ' gunfire, and a bullet went through the windshield of her auto".

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley.