Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Three officers were shot in California Monday

Two Officers and Suspect Hurt During Riverside Gun Fight Three officers were shot in California Monday
Patty Aguilar | 13 August, 2019, 18:08

Authorities say they don't know why a man whose truck was being impounded suddenly grabbed a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others before he was killed.

As he was calling for a tow truck and filling out paperwork, the suspect entered the truck, grabbed a rifle and fired it at the officer, police say. The officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was shot, Railsback said.Two responding CHP officers also were shot, according to Railsback. Two other CHP officers were wounded, one critically.

The shooting was near Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, near the 215 Freeway, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported. "Our officer was struck during this gun battle". The other officer suffered only 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".

Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.

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The suspect was transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, Railsback said.The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.Railsback says one of the officers was airlifted to a hospital by a local sheriff's department helicopter.

The slain officer, Moye, graduated from a police academy in 2017 and had been a CHP officer for nearly three years, a release from the governor's office said.

"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", Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

"In honor of Officer Moye, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff".

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

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