Memorial to be held today for California officer killed on duty

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Members of law enforcement from across the state are expected at a memorial Tuesday for the California Highway Patrol officer killed last week when a motorist he pulled over grabbed a rifle and opened fire.

The public is invited to attend the 10 a.m. service for Andre Moye at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. A private funeral is planned after the public memorial.

The motorcycle officer was filling out paperwork to impound Aaron Luther’s pickup truck Aug. 12 when Luther, who was outside the vehicle and not restrained, pulled out a gun and started shooting on the freeway’s overpass.

Advertisement Moye, 34, was fatally wounded but called for help and two responding officers were shot in the legs while frightened motorists ducked for cover from dozens of flying bullets. Luther, 49, was killed. The wounded officers were expected to recover.

Moye had been with the highway patrol for about three years and was a motorcycle officer for about a year. His family said working for the highway patrol was Moye’s dream job.

Luther was paroled from state prison in 2004 after serving about 10 years of a 12-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a firearm, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Court records show Luther also was arrested in 2007 on felony assault charges and took a no-contest plea deal that sentenced him to 90 days in jail. He also was charged with multiple felonies in San Bernardino County and pleaded no contest in 2010 to assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Southern California News Group.

As a felon, Luther was not supposed to have a gun.