The Latest on a shootout that killed a California Highway Patrol officer and a gunman (all times local):
The California Highway Patrol has canceled a planned celebration of the agency’s 90th birthday because it mourns an officer killed this week in a shootout after a traffic stop.
Bells will toll at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the highway patrol’s headquarters in Sacramento to honor Officer Andre Moye, Jr.
The 34-year old officer was shot and killed Monday by a driver whose car he was impounding from the city of Riverside, near Los Angeles. The gunman was killed and two responding officers were injured. Investigators have not identified a motive for the shooting.
Moye graduated in the highway patrol’s academy in March 2017 and had most recently been a bike officer.
His family says working for the highway patrol was Moye’s dream job.
The CHP was founded August 14, 1929.
Records show the 49-year-old guy who opened fire on a California Highway Patrol officer had a long and violent criminal history which the police officer he killed probably knew nothing about.
Officer Andre Moye, Jr., was filling out paperwork in Riverside Monday when Aaron Luther opened fire. The officer was fatally wounded but called for assistance, and two responding officers were taken while drivers ducked for cover.
Experts say public records demonstrating a individual’s criminal history are not typically something an officer has access to during a traffic stop.
Highway patrol Inland Division Chief Bill Dance stated it is not clear whether Moye requested a dispatcher to look for out any additional information on Luther, who had been convicted of attempted murder in 1994.