Aaron Luther Bio, Wiki
Aaron Luther was the 49-year-old gunman who shot and killed a CHP officer and wounded two others after being pulled over in Riverside. Luther’s family members identified him as a father of two from Beaumont in his late 40s.
He also had a stepson, and Dennis Luther described him as devoted to them. Dennis Luther told ABC 7 that Luther called his wife to come to get his car when he was first stopped.
Luther’s dad, Dennis Luther, told KABC-TV that Aaron Luther “was having physical and marital troubles” but said he didn’t know what caused his son to take the actions he did. “It’s hard,” he said to the television station. “I love him. And I’m sorry for the policeman.”
Aaron Luther Shooting Incident
In a press conference on the shooting, Asst. Chief Scott Parker of the CHP, said that the gun battle broke out at 5:37 p.m. on August 12, 2019. “We had a CHP officer make a traffic stop on a white GMC pickup truck,” he said.
“The officer, at some point during the traffic stop, determined he was going to impound the subject’s vehicle. He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork.”
The suspect entered his vehicle, pulled out an unknown caliber rifle, and “he engaged our officer with multiple gunshots,” said Parker. The officer was struck but was able to broadcast that he needed assistance. Multiple agencies responded to the call for assistance.
According to ABC7, responding officers engaged the suspect with gunfire and the suspect was struck and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The first officer on the scene, who made the initial traffic stop, was transported to a hospital and pronounced deceased as a result of the gunfire from the suspect. Sergio Diaz, the chief of the Riverside PD, said the incident involved a large number of law enforcement officers.
“It was a long and horrific gun battle, and it resulted in a very extensive crime scene,” Diaz said. The gunbattle occurred within the City of Riverside, so the Riverside police are the primary investigating agency.
Diaz said police don’t know the suspect’s “affiliations,” his motive, where he was coming from or going. Luther does not appear to have any obvious social media presence.
Aaron Luther Incident Footage
Alarming video footage emerged from a citizen who captured the suspect walking toward police with a rifle.
CHIP Commissioner Warren Stanley identified the deceased officer as Andre Moye.
“I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside. Tonight, I mourn the loss of one of our own, CHP Officer Andre Moye, who was killed during a shootout following a traffic stop. Prayers go out to all, including the responding officers injured in the shooting,” he wrote.
Aaron Luther Prison Time
ABC7 reported that Aaron Luther had a criminal history; he spent ten years in prison for attempted murder.