Shootout kills California officer, suspect

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"Luther said his son served prison time for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal."

How are people still shocked that felons get guns???


Shootout kills California officer and suspect

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man whose truck was being impounded suddenly grabbed a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others before he was killed, authorities said.

Other drivers ran for cover and two people were slightly injured as dozens of bullets flew shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday just off a freeway in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

"We don't know his motive for this crime," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

KABC-TV reported that a man identified the shooter as his son, Aaron Luther, 49, of neighboring Beaumont.

A CHP officer was doing paperwork to impound the pickup truck when the man reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, authorities said.

The officer was identified as Andrew Moye, Jr.

"I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside. Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own," CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a tweet.

'It was a long and horrific gun battle'

Family members said Moye was 33 and had been with the CHP for about four years, according to KABC-TV.

Two other CHP officers were wounded, one critically, as officers from several agencies fought the man.

"It was a long and horrific gun battle," the chief said.

Dennis Luther of Riverside said he watched the shootout on television.

"It's hard. I love him. And I'm sorry for the policeman," he told KABC-TV. "I'm devastated. I just can't believe it."

Luther said his son served prison time for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal.
After his truck was impounded, Aaron Luther called his wife to pick him up, his father said.

When she arrived, the tow truck was there.

"She said she heard 'pop, pop, pop' ... gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her car," Luther said of his son's wife.

The father said his son recently seemed depressed, was having knee pain and marital problems but was devoted to his two children and a stepchild.

"He lived for his kids. That's what motivated him," Luther said. "So I don't know what overcame him. I mean, I wish I did know."

A bullet flew through her front windshield

Two people received superficial injuries and "they're going to be OK." Parker said.

Jennifer Moctezuma, 31, of Moreno Valley told the Los Angeles Times that she was driving home with her 6-year-old twins when a bullet flew through her front windshield.

Charles Childress, 56, a retired Marine from Moreno Valley, was in the car behind her.

He led the family as they crawled to the bottom of a bridge to hide and none were harmed, the Times reported.

"He's my hero," Moctezuma said.

Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck. Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer's flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Motorcycle officers then led a procession as the hearse was driven to the county coroner's office.
 
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See cars kill people every day. We should ban them, but I'll settle for comment sense car law control. We need to ban impounding vehicles to save these officer's lives. I'm sure CA legislature will immediately put a halt to unnecessary traffic stops, or at least make officers pass a background check before each stop and have a 3 day minimum waiting period for pulling someone over, just to be sure no one involved is emotionally unstable at the time.

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Listening to the two idiots narrate it is painful.
 
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"Luther said his son served prison time for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He says he doesn't know what his son was doing with a gun as a felon, which is illegal."

How are people still shocked that felons get guns???
Perhaps they think there's some kind of prohibited person force field?

"We don't know his motive for this crime," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said.
Uhh, like jhblaze says, methinks he knew he was riding dirty and didn't want to go to jail. Obvious felony is
obvious. Also with CAs wonderful three strikes law he might have been freaked out about that too, if he already
had a couple down the pipe or whatever. (not sure of the legal mechanics about how that crap works, but I know
it probably hasn't ultimately done police any favors in terms of escalating confrontations with recidivists.... they're
thinking "oh great, if I go to jail I'm doing 25-life" (or whatever the minimum is for violating 3 strikes) so they go full retard. )

If the system hadn't failed and this POS was still in jail, there wouldn't be a dead LEO here... or for extra credit, there's also a slim possibility that if you didn't send free people to jail for only possessing a gun, the incentive to escalate into violence simply wouldn't be there... but because prohibited person BS, etc, we have a system that causes ex-convicts to basically be in prison for life in some respects...

ETA: Also include, fun stupid paper malum prohibitum "car paper crimes" where apparently, the state can steal your car if you make sport of it over nearly meaningless crap.

-Mike
 
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