FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday around the state in honor of Fallen CHP Officer Andre Moye.
The 33-year-old was killed Monday in the line of duty in Riverside County.
Flags will remain at half-staff at Kern County Sheriff’s Office until sunset on the date of interment, in honor of fallen CHP Officer Andre Moye.
Officer Moye was shot and killed in the line of duty in Riverside County.
End of Watch: August 12, 2019 pic.twitter.com/Awr2lFVZYv
— Kern County Sheriff’s Office (@KernCoSheriff) August 13, 2019
49-year-old Aaron Luther allegedly shot the CHP officer and wounded two other officers during a gun battle on the 215 Freeway near Los Angeles.
Moye died from his injuries following the traffic stop at around 5:37 p.m. on August 12.
Luther has been identified as a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Gang with a long criminal record.
Officers said he was driving a pickup truck, when during a traffic stop, they said he reached into the back for a rifle and opened fire.
During the shoot-out, Moye was struck but still able to call for back-up.
A “long and horrific gun battle” ensued with officers returning fire, and killing Luther as motorists ran for cover.
An Officer involved shooting occurred earlier today. Three of our officers were involved and a suspect. One of our officers succumbed to the injuries sustained. Updates will follow!! #californiahighwaypatrol #whatsgoingoninriversidecounty #code3news #bluelifematters💙 #abc7 #ktla pic.twitter.com/yzkHSguQ1P
— CHPRiverside (@ChpRiverside) August 13, 2019
“The one officer is still in critical condition, and the other one is in a less serious condition, both struck by gunfire, but we believe the injuries are non life threatening,” said Officer Ryan Railsback with the Riverside Police Department.
We are devastated by this horrible and senseless loss of life! The next days, weeks, and months will be spent mourning the loss of another peacekeeper in California. Please keep the family, friends, and all affected people in your hearts and prayers.@ChpRiverside @CHPInland pic.twitter.com/S7R6xXZKnk
— CHP Valley Division (@CHP_Valley) August 13, 2019
Authorities have not determined a motive in the shooting.
Click to hear the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: