CA Officer Killed in ‘Long and Horrific Gun Battle’

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A man whose pickup truck was being impounded grabbed a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer and wounding two others before he was shot to death in a hail of gunfire, the Associated Press reports. “We don’t know his motive for this crime,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday. The shooter opened fire shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer pulled over a white GMC pickup truck and decided to impound it. “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, said CHP officer Scott Parker.

The officer called for help and three other CHP officers arrived. They immediately faced gunfire and two were hit. A Riverside police officer and three Riverside County sheriff’s deputies also arrived and traded shots with the man before killing him at the scene, Diaz said. “It was a long and horrific gun battle,” the chief said. Video showed the gunman, apparently clad in black and wielding an assault-style rifle, trading fire with officers and then retreating to crouch behind the front of his truck for cover, still trading shots. Police 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.

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