(Reuters) – A California Freeway Patrol (CHP) officer was killed together with the suspect within the capturing and two different officers have been wounded throughout a shootout in southern California on Monday night, police and information media reported.
A CHP dispatcher confirmed the shootout and the fatalities occurred about at about 5:30 p.m. (0030 GMT) in Riverside, California, about 55 miles (86 km) east of Los Angeles simply off U.S. Interstate 215.
“Certainly one of our officers succumbed to the accidents sustained,” a CHP consultant stated on Twitter late Monday.
The circumstances of the 2 wounded officers weren’t disclosed. No different official particulars have been instantly launched by the police.
Preliminary experiences from native information media on the scene say CHP officer on a bike made a routine visitors cease, and the suspect grabbed a rifle from the car and began capturing.
The officer returned hearth and referred to as for backup from the CHP, Riverside Police and Riverside Sheriff’s Workplace, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
It was not clear if the officer making the cease was the officer killed.
Dozens of rounds have been fired, in line with native media, and motorists stopped in visitors fled their autos and ran for canopy from the gun battle.
Native broadcast media confirmed photos of CHP patrol vehicles and different autos with shot-out home windows.
A number of motorists have been hit with flying glass shards from bullets hitting their automotive home windows, officers stated, and have been handled by paramedics on the scene.
The gunman was fatally wounded and brought to a neighborhood hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless, the newspaper reported.
Riverside Police officer Ryan Railsback informed the newspaper that the motive behind the capturing was not but identified.
That will likely be a part of a “very lengthy” and “advanced” investigation, Railsback stated.
The identify of the suspect was not instantly launched.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; modifying by Christian Schmollinger