Three officers were shot in California Monday

13 August, 2019, 19:36 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Officers in shootout near Riverside Calif. freeway

A CHP officer was doing paperwork to impound the pickup truck when the man reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, authorities said.

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".

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.

In an interview, his devastated stepmother, Debbie Howard, said: "He was so kind". The officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Railsback said.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz called the violence "horrific" and said a motive for the attack remains unclear. "Our officer was struck during this gun battle".

"One of our officers succumbed to the injuries sustained", the CHP tweeted.

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Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows. "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".

Moye, 34, was able to request backup before being transported to the hospital, where he died, officials said. "I told my kids to get down and duck but they couldn't, their seatbelts were on", she said.

Dozens of rounds were fired, local media said, and motorists stopped in traffic fled their vehicles and ran for cover, media reports said.

"She said she heard "pop, pop, pop". gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her auto", Luther said.

He led the family as they crawled to the bottom of a bridge to hide and none were harmed. The suspect's name hasn't been released. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution. Then motorcycle officers escorted the hearse in a procession to the county coroner's office.

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