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 man who shot and killed a California Highway Patrol officer had a long and violent criminal history, but it's not likely Ofc. Andre Moye Jr. knew that information when he conducted a traffic stop on the suspect. https://t.co/q9jKITA6cE— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) August 14, 2019
California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye Jr was shot and killed in a shootout that injured 2 fellow officers.— John LaDelfa (@john_ladelfa) August 13, 2019
Officer Moye was a 3 year Veteran of force is survived by his wife
RIP Sir#BlueLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/LrjcOwDZVg
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.
Investigators are trying to determine what prompted a man to open fire Monday evening during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others. https://t.co/AOuMijANXX— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 13, 2019
A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two others were injured after a gunbattle erupted near a Southern California freeway late on Monday afternoon. https://t.co/ROkDm0WLCO— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 13, 2019
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.
UPDATE: A 2015 booking photo for Aaron Luther, who authorities say was involved in a shootout with law enforcement on the 215 Freeway which left a CHP officer dead. https://t.co/8lvzHAKgla pic.twitter.com/Xzr8bB8jJL— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) August 13, 2019
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.
California Highway Patrol Mourns Death of Officer Killed in 'Horrific' Shootout https://t.co/0wxL50GVOK— Officer.com (@OfficerCom) August 13, 2019
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to the California Highway Patrol & the family of Officer Andre Moye Jr. who was shot & killed during a traffic stop. We continue to pray for the wounded officers, their families, & our law enforcement brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/oDIKI6H8Gu— Sacramento Sheriff (@sacsheriff) August 13, 2019
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.
The FBI family offers our sincere condolences to the California Highway Patrol and the friends and family of Officer Andre Moye Jr. who was tragically killed in the line of duty yesterday. pic.twitter.com/EM1dWeT7Qi— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) August 13, 2019