'Our hearts ache': California Highway Patrol officer gunned down at traffic stop originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is grieving one of its officers who was gunned down in a shootout during a traffic stop.
The slain officer, Andre Moye, initiated the traffic stop during evening rush hour in Riverside on Monday and determined the suspect's truck needed to be impounded, said Scott Parker, assistant chief of CHP Inland Division.
The officer was filling out paperwork when the suspect took a rifle from his own car and shot Moye, officials said.
Moye, 34, was able to request backup before being transported to the hospital, where he died, officials said.
Very tense and emotional scene at Riverside University Health System Medical Center where three officers who were shot during a gun battle in Riverside earlier tonight have been transported. @ChpRiverside says "One of our officers succumbed to the injuries sustained” @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/5jyre1hMzC— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) August 13, 2019
Other officers then arrived on the scene. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco called it a "long and horrific gun battle."
The suspect also died in the shootout.
Multiple law enforcement officers injured during shooting in Riverside at the 215/Eastridge. Their status is unknown. Suspect is down. pic.twitter.com/DVALcEibDr— Rob McMillan (@abc7robmcmillan) August 13, 2019
Two other officers were shot and survived. One of the injured officers was in critical condition on Tuesday but is expected to recover, CHP Inland Division Chief Bill Dance said at a news conference.
Moye, who served with the department for nearly three years, is survived by his wife, parents and siblings.
"This was his dream job," Dance said. "I actually met him when he was training to be a motorcycle officer."
"He was a very caring and giving person," Dance said. "He will be deeply missed by the California Highway Patrol."
"Andre's smile says it all," tweeted CHP Deputy Commissioner Scott Silsbee. "He loved being a CHP officer. His wife, friends and mother told us so as well."
Andre's smile says it all. He loved being a CHP Officer. His wife, friends and mother told us so as well. Thank you Andre for "laying down your life rather than swerve from the path of duty." #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/cPHv4VfwO4— Scott Silsbee, Dep. Commissioner (@CHPSilsbee) August 13, 2019
"Our hearts ache over the tragic loss," California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted. Newsom said Moye "will be remembered for his commitment to service and the community of Riverside County."
Our hearts ache over the tragic loss of @CHP_HQ‘s own Officer Andre Moye — who will be remembered for his commitment to service and the community of Riverside County. Jen and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow officers who are grieving tonight.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 13, 2019
The suspect acted alone, according to authorities. Investigators said they're still trying to determine a motive.
Moye's slaying prompted an outpouring of condolences from law enforcement agencies.
Please keep Officer Andre Moye of @ChpRiverside in your thoughts and prayers. Officer Moye was shot and killed after engaging a criminal in a gun battle. 2 other officers were also wounded in the shooting. Officer Moye was another officer taken from us too soon. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/pCzBWzsiP2— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 13, 2019
The Los Angeles Field Office and the entire Secret Service send our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye. https://t.co/WLJPLqoxuk— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 13, 2019
"Our hearts are broken over the tragic death of CHP Officer Andre Moye. Prayers for his family & all law enforcement," read a tweet from the San Bernardino County Fire District. "R.I.P. brother."
Editor's note: Details of the incident have been adjusted for accuracy.