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CHP officer and suspect killed, 2 officers wounded in Riverside gun battle

Posted at 8:12 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 13:55:21-04

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A CHP officer and a suspect were killed and two officers were seriously injured in a gun battle in Riverside, officials say.

The shooting was reported around 5:35 p.m. in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, near the 215 Freeway.

Riverside police say a CHP officer conducted a traffic stop and the suspect produced an assault rifle and began firing. Officers fired back.

"One of our officers succumbed to the injuries sustained," the CHP tweeted.

The suspect was struck at the scene and officials later said he had died. His name has not been released.

Two other officers were also injured at the scene, but the extent of their wounds was not immediately available. Other law enforcement agencies, including Riverside police and the county sheriff's office rushed to the scene to assist after the officer needs help call went out.

One bystander was also injured, but it is believed the person was struck by debris or shrapnel, not gunfire.

At least two CHP vehicles had visible gunshot damage in the rear windshields at the scene.