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Mourners Pay Tribute to CHP Officer Who Died Doing What He Loved

The shooting occurred about Monday after a traffic stop in Riverside

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    Mourners Pay Tribute to Slain Officer Andre Moye

    Mourners remembered CHP Officer Andre Moye after he was shot and killed Monday during a traffic stop in Riverside. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    Mourners paid their respects Tuesday night for a CHP officer killed by a man with an assault-style rifle after a traffic stop erupted into a shootout in Riverside.

    A stream of people visited a memorial for 33-year-old Officer Andre Moye outside the California Highway Patrol's Riverside station. Wreaths, flags, flowers and other items were left outside the building in memory of the officer.

    Darwin Hippen lives just a few miles from the station. It was gut-wrenching sight that he's seen before. 

    "Every time I drive by I see the flag at half-mast, I think, 'Who have we lost now?'"

    Hippen often stopped by the office and said hello to officers.

    "It's always hard when you walk away from them, because you don't know if that's probably going to be the last time you see them," he said. "And yet, they still have the grit to get in there, shut that door, turn that car on, turn that bike on, and go do their job."

    Moye was killed doing the job he loved. Witnesses captured cellphone video of the long and horrific gunbattle that broke out during a traffic stop Monday afternoon in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue in Riverside. The CHP officer was doing paperwork to impound a pickup truck when the driver reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, authorities said.

    "Two or three of them dropped and that's when I was worried," said Gabriela Mendoza, a witness.

    Moye's colleagues, who courageously tried to save him and two other injured officers, were in shock.

    "Something you would never think of happening," said Ramon Duran, a CHP officer. "Something you don't want to believe, you can't believe."

    Mourners Pay Tribute to Slain CHP Officer

    [LA] Mourners Pay Tribute to Slain CHP Officer

    Mourners paid their respects to CHP Officer Andre Moye who was gunned down during a traffic stop in Riverside by a gunman who was also killed. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019)

    Debbie Howard, a family member, couldn't comprehend it. "I don't understand," she said. "I just don't understand."

    The driver was killed in the shootout. 

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