On Monday, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was encountered along with suspected gunman during a shootout in Southern California, informed California Police. Two other officers were also injured in the incident.

The shooting took place at 5:30 PM in Riverside, located around 55 miles East of Los Angeles just behind the US Interstate 215, said the CHP Assistant Chief Scott Parker. 

The patrol officer had restricted a white GMC pickup truck, directed that the truck was to be seized and called for a tow truck. The accused has quickly grabbed a rifle from the truck and knocked down the officer. 

The police officer was identified by the California Governor’s Office as 34-year-old Andre Moye. However, the accused name has not yet been released. 

Parket continued that “he engaged our officer with multiple gunshots,” adding that “our officer was struck during this gun battle.”

The patrol officer has asked for help and the CHP and officers from multiple other agencies have rushed at the incident spot, said Mr. Parker. 

The first two officers went to the spot were also CHP and both were shot, he said, adding that one is in critical condition at a nearby hospital but the other officer suffered minor injuries. 

Other officers arrived and began shooting, said Parker, eventually hits and killed the convict. Dozen of rounds were fired, said local media, and motorists have stopped in traffic fled their vehicles and ran for cover. 

Local broadcast media displayed images of CHP patrol cars and other vehicles with knocked out windows. 

Several motorists were banged by glass shards when bullets hit their car windows and were offered medical aid by paramedics at the incident spot. 

The first patrol officer was lifted by a helicopter ambulance to a local hospital, where he took his last breath, said Mr. Parker.

Moye, the slain officer has completed graduation from a Police Academy in 2017. He had been a CHP officer for around 3-year, said a release from the Governor’s Office.

To honor the patrol officers, flags will be flown at half-staff at the capital, informed the Governor’s Office. 

Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback told sources that the aim behind the shooting wasn’t yet known, which will be part of a “very long” and “complex” investigation.

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