Riverside CHP Officer Killed in Shootout

An officer involved shooting took place near the 215 on Eastridge.

August 12, 2019
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Our hearts are with the California Highway Patrol, as they mourn one of their own.

Around 6pm this afternoon, an officer involved shooting took place near the 215 freeway on Eastridge in the Riverside / Moreno Valley area, resulting in a massive police presence. Several news outlets reported that at least one officer had been airlifted to a local hospital, and that the suspect was down.

Multiple agencies reported to assist the CHP, including the Riverside Sheriff's Department and the Riverside Police Department. 

Unfortunately, the CHP is now reporting that of the three officers involved in the shooting, one of them has succumbed to injuries sustained. 

In a press conference late Monday evening (August 12th), CHP Inland Division Assistant Chief Scott Parker reported that around 5:37pm, a CHP officer made a traffic stop on a white GMC pickup, and at some point during the stop, determined that the vehicle should be impounded. While he was filling out the necessary paperwork, the suspect pulled a rifle from the truck and engaged the officer, who was able to radio for help. 

The first two CHP officers on scene also returned fire, and were also injured in the gun fight, which Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz described as "long and horrific." Parker confirmed that the first officer on scene ultimately passed away from his injuries at Riverside University Health Center, as did the suspect at the scene. 

The names of the officers involved have not been released, nor has the name of the suspect or a possible motive. 

The offramps to Eastridge / Eucalyptus remained closed late Monday night, and Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco anticipated they would remain closed through the morning, and urged commuters to plan alternate routes for their morning drive.