Officer, gunman killed in California highway shootout

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two others were wounded in a wild shootout with a suspect on a freeway in the state on Monday, police and reports said.

After an officer on a motorcycle stopped a man driving along the highway on a white GMC pickup truck, the man - at some point - grabbed a rifle from inside his vehicle and fired at the officer who was approaching him.

The first two additional officers at the scene were also CHP and both were shot, he said, including one who was in critical condition at a hospital. The other two officers also were taken to a hospital.

The shooting was reported around 5:35 p.m.in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, near the 215 Freeway.

The suspect was killed in a shootout with a fourth officer. "Our officer was struck during this gun battle".

Other officers arrived and started shooting, Parker said, eventually hitting and killing the suspect.

Several motorists were struck by glass shards when bullets hit their auto windows, officials said, and were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Moye had served CHP's Riverside station for about three years after graduating from academy in March 2017, department officials said Tuesday.

KABC is reporting that family members of the suspected gunman identified him as Aaron Luther, a father of two from Beaumont, California, in his late 40s.

All three officers were transported to the hospital, one of them by helicopter, according to Railsback.

"In honor of Officer Moye, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff".

"Jennifer and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers grieving the tragic loss of Officer Moye, who will be remembered for his commitment to serving the Riverside County community and the people of California", Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

"That is all going to be part of this lengthy investigation", he said.