CHP Officer Injured in Wild 215 Freeway Shootout Heads Home - NBC Southern California

CHP Officer Injured in Wild 215 Freeway Shootout Heads Home

Robert Paul was critically injured during a shootout that left two dead and another officer wounded.

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    CHP Officer Injured in Shootout Released from Hospital

    The officer was one of two injured during a freeway shootout in August — the gunman and another officer were killed. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    A California Highway Patrol officer was released from the hospital Thursday after being critically injured in a wild shootout on the 215 Freeway in August.

    Officer Robert Paul left the hospital surrounded by his colleagues, making his way through a gauntlet of hugs and admiring smiles.

    "To see one of our officers recovering, after all he's been through, is absolutely beautiful and we're all excited," said CHP Officer Ramon Duran.

    Paul has had multiple surgeries and spent months in physical therapy, and those who know him say his determination will only help in his recovery.

    Mourners Pay Tribute to Slain Officer Andre Moye

    [LA] 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)

    "He's got a huge heart, he’s a likeable guy, everyone on the shift really likes having him around," said CHP Officer Dan Olivas.

    Olivas was there the day a traffic stop on the 215 Freeway in Riverside turned into a deadly gunfight. On August 12, CHP Officer Andre Moye was shot and killed by a driver he pulled over. Though mortally wounded, he managed to call to help.

    Multiple officers responded, including Paul and his colleague Ryan Smith, who was also injured in the fight.

    The 12-minute shootout, seen by dozens of horrified drivers who took cover as bullets flew, ended when the gunman died. Moye was taken to the hospital, where he soon died from his injuries.

    Hundreds of CHP officers gathered a week after the shootout to mourn Moye, a 34-year-old described as fun-loving and committed to public service.

    But Thursday, they gathered to celebrate another of their fellow officers – a man grateful to be alive.

    Bell Tolls as Colleagues Salute CHP Officer Andre Moye

    [LA] Bell Tolls as Colleagues Salute CHP Officer Andre Moye

    A single bell toll was followed by a silent salute in honor of CHP Officer Andre Moye, killed after a traffic stop erupted into a shootout in Riverside. The ceremony at the agency's academy in West Sacramento replaced what was originally planned as a day of celebration Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019 on the CHP's 90th anniversary.
     

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    It is not known whether Paul, who joined the CHP in 2015, will work another shift in a patrol car. But Thursday he was in one as a passenger, escorted home by his fellow officers.

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