California Highway Patrol Officer Gunned Down In The Line Of Duty

California Highway Patrol Officer Gunned Down In The Line Of Duty

Officer Andre Moyes stopped a truck for what was supposed to be a routine check. However, when he was filling out documents to impound the truck, the driver opened fire, mortally wounding the officer.

Officer Andre Moye who worked with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was killed in the line of duty on Monday evening, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was a part of the force for two years. According to reports, Officer Moyes stopped a truck on what was supposed to be a routine stop. However, the encounter turned deadly when the assailant opened fire at the officer.




The driver who was stopped by Moyes pulled out a rifle and fired at the officer, who was filling out paperwork to impound the man's truck. The 34-year-old was mortally struck but was able to fire back and call for backup. Soon, three other CHP officers arrived along with officers from the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. What ensued was a "long and horrific gun battle," said Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz. Two CHP officers were wounded in the gunbattle, with one sustaining critical wounds. Police officers continued to engage the suspect, who has been identified as 49-year-old Aaron Luther, was killed in the onslaught of bullets.




The motive behind the gunbattle has not yet been determined. However, law enforcement sources and public records reveal that Luther had a lengthy criminal record that dated back to the late 1980s in Sab Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. The suspect was also sentenced to 12 years in state prison for the use of a firearm in Los Angeles County in 1994. Luther was paroled in 2004. 




Officer Moyes graduated from the CHP Academy on March 3, 2017, and served for three years on the force. The Los Angeles Times writes that Moyes was an electrician before becoming an officer. He had always dreamed of being a police officer since he was young. 




Condolences for the slain officer's family have been pouring from everywhere. Officer Moyes is survived by his wife, his father, mother, stepfather, and several siblings. 






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