RIVERSIDE, CA. (THECOUNT) — Family members on Tuesday identified Aaron Luther, as the gunman in the 215 Freeway shootout in Riverside that killed a CHP officer.
Family members described Luther, 49, as a “desperate man” who had health issues that prevented him from holding down a job after being released from prison for attempted murder.
His parents and the Riverside County coroner identified him as 49-year-old Aaron Luther of Beaumont.
Police say a shootout near a freeway has killed a California Highway Patrol officer, wounded two others and left the gunman dead, KABC is reporting monday.
Video from the scene shows bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows. What appeared to be an assault-style rifle was on the ground.
A shooter opened fire during Monday just off Interstate 215 in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.
Riverside police spokesman Ryan Railsback says a CHP officer had stopped a white pickup truck when the driver pulled a rifle.
Three officers were hit. The CHP tweeted that one officer died.
CHPRiverside via Twitter:
@ChpRiverside: An Officer involved shooting occurred earlier today. Three of our officers were involved and a suspect. One of our officers succumbed to the injuries sustained. Updates will follow!! #californiahighwaypatrol #whatsgoingoninriversidecounty #code3news #bluelifematters💙 #abc7 #ktla
The gunman was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Railsback also says someone in another car was hit by glass that caused minor injuries.
Geo quick facts: Riverside is a city near Los Angeles, in California. The Mission Inn Museum details the history of the Mission Inn, a grand hotel built in the Mission Revival style. Nearby, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum is dedicated to regional history, culture and nature. The Riverside Art Museum shows local and international works. To the southeast, the March Field Air Museum displays military aircraft, including rare jets – wikipedia.