One officer killed, two others injured in shootout in California

13 Août, 2019, 16:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

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.

The officer put out a call for help which brought officers from CHP, Riverside Police and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to the scene, Railsback said.

The shooting occurred Monday evening in Riverside, some 55 miles from Los Angeles, when a CHP motorcycle officer pulled over a driver who is believed to have then grabbed a rifle from within the vehicle and began shooting.

Police say the officers initiated some sort of stop with the suspect before the suspect and an officer exchanged gunfire.

The officer returned fire, and was joined by two other Highway Patrol officers who responded as backup.

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The suspect was transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, Railsback said.

The extent of injuries on the two CHP officers has not been made immediately available. His name has not been released.

The first officer was flown by a helicopter ambulance to a local hospital, where he died, Parker said. One officer who was shot remained in critical condition early Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement recovered a fire arm at the scene, but authorities do not know why the suspect fired on officers, according Railsback.

This story is developing.

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