Aaron Luther Bio
Aaron Luther was the gunman who shot and killed a CHP officer Andre Moye and wounded two others after being pulled over in Riverside. Luther’s father identified him as a father of two from Beaumont in his late 40s. He also had a stepson, and Dennis Luther described him as devoted to them. Dennis Luther told ABC 7 that Luther called his wife to come to get his car when he was first stopped.
The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther. https://t.co/EkbVIE71vY
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Aaron Luther Age
He is 49 years old.
Aaron Luther Vagos Motorcycle Gang
Aaron Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who had an extensive criminal record.
A California Highway Patrol officer is dead and two others are wounded after a lengthy shootout Shooter was 49-year-old Aaron Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who had an extensive criminal record. https://t.co/kWbHy5XIWe pic.twitter.com/aeE2g4j6oE
— Insane Throttle Motorcycle Madhouse (@insanethrottle) August 13, 2019
Aaron Luther Father
Dennis Luther is identified as his son who shot down a police officer and wounded two others.
Aaron Luther Children
He is a father of two from Beaumont in his late 40s. He also had a stepson
Aaron Luther Victim Police Officer Andre Moye Death
CALIFORNIA SHOOTOUT @ChpRiverside officer killed after #AaronLuther, an ex-con & biker gang member who served time in prison for attempted murder was driving a truck that was to be impounded. He shot the officer during a traffic stop in southern california pic.twitter.com/7ML1MeuAuK
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Authorities say on Monday, Aaron Luther grabbed a rifle and opened fire on California Highway Patrol officer Andre Moye, 33, killing him, after having his truck impounded during a traffic stop in Riverside.
California Highway Patrol officer was killed by Aaron Luther has been named as Andre Moye. He was 33 years old. He was on the force for two years and was married. Officer Moye is survived by his wife, Sara. Further details may be updated shortly.
Aaron Luther Other Wounded Victim
Luther also allegedly wounded two other officers, one of them critically, before being fatally shot.
Two civilians on the scene sustained minor injuries during the gun battle on the freeway.
The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther. https://t.co/G917pwBO0j
— IndeOnline.com (@Indedotcom) August 13, 2019
Aaron Luther Health and Marital Problem
Luther’s dad, Dennis Luther, told KABC-TV that Aaron Luther “was having physical and marital troubles” but said he didn’t know what caused his son to take the actions he did. “It’s hard,” he said to the television station. “I love him. And I’m sorry for the policeman.”
Aaron Luther Criminal History
ABC7 reported that Aaron Luther had a criminal history; he spent ten years in prison for attempted murder. Dennis Luther said his son, 49-year-old Aaron Luther, had served 10 years in prison on an attempted murder conviction, but he was getting his life back on track since his release more than a decade ago.
Aaron Luther Shooting in Riverside
Suspected cop killer Aaron Luther.
Authorities say he used [high-powered] rifle to gun down CHP Officer Andre Moye during a traffic stop in Riverside. Law enforcement backup took him out. #CHP #SoCalcrime #convictedfelon #parolee @CHPInland pic.twitter.com/0lpBMS0hEf
— Christopher Wolfe (@ChrisMWolfe) August 13, 2019
According to reports, Moye called for a tow truck in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue and was filling out paperwork when the gunman suddenly pulled a rifle from the truck and began shooting.
The gunman traded fire with officer Moye, three other CHP officers, a Riverside police officer and three Riverside County sheriff’s deputies before crouching behind the front of his truck for cover.
The shooter, who was reportedly seen clad in black and wielding a military assault-style rifle, was eventually shot and killed by officers at the scene.
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz described the shootout as a ‘long and horrific gun battle.’
Scott Parker, assistant chief at the CHP’s Inland Division, said of Luther: ‘He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork when the driver pulled a rifle from the truck and opened fire.
‘The officer called for help and three other CHP officers arrived, who immediately faced gunfire and two were hit.’
“I prayed for them before I prayed for my son,” says the father of Aaron Luther- the suspected gunman who killed CHP Officer Andre Moye Jr. in a shootout in Moreno Valley. @nbcla #nbcla pic.twitter.com/9vxjEPFKoU
— Kim Tobin (@KimTobinNBCLA) August 13, 2019
Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck and investigators did not immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed.
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.
Aaron Luther Shooting, INCIDENT Videos
Alarming video footage emerged from a citizen who captured the suspect walking toward police with a rifle.
CHIP Commissioner Warren Stanley identified the deceased officer as Andre Moye. “I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside. Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own, CHP Officer Andre Moye, who was killed during a shootout following a traffic stop. Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting,” he wrote.
This video is from the scene of a shooting involving @ChpRiverside. Authorities say 3 officers were shot in Riverside and one of them has succumbed to his injuries. #CHP https://t.co/9YDT8a35JQ pic.twitter.com/QBTuBkp3ES
— KTNV Action News (@KTNV) August 13, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- California Highway Patrol officer killed has been named as Andre Moye, 33
- Was killed after a man, whose pickup truck was being impounded, opened fire
- The incident took place on a Riverside freeway shortly after 5.30pm on Monday
- Gunman’s father identified him as ex-con Aaron Luther, 49, a married father with two children and a stepchild
- Luther reportedly had been depressed and experiencing physical pain in his knees and problems in his marriage
- He had served 10 years in prison on an attempted murder conviction
- Officer Moye had been on the force for two years and was married