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Police in gun battle with suspect

Police in gun battle with suspect

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Two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and a suspect were injured on Monday when a gun battle broke out in Riverside, California, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Police officers returned gunfire when the suspect shot at them, said Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback, according to the local affiliate.

The suspected gunman was “down and neutralized” and no longer posed a threat, Railsback was quoted as saying.

The incident took place at about 5.35 p.m. local time, and shots were heard as police pulled a fellow officer out of the line of fire, according to NBC Los Angeles. 

“One officer was transported to the county hospital in Moreno Valley in our (police) helicopter,” Railsback reportedly said. “The other officer was taken to the hospital in a CHP unit.”

According to the network, aerial footage showed that bullet holes had shattered the windshield of an officer’s vehicle. Emergency personnel were seen giving CPR to one person and there were traces of blood on the hood of a white truck, the network reported.

The incident reportedly took place at Eastridge Avenue near the 215 Freeway.

Recent mass shootings in the U.S. have reignited the debate over gun violence. On Aug. 3, a lone gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, killing 22 people. Within 24 hours, another mass shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio, killing at least 9 people.

Read more on the Riverside shooting on NBC Los Angeles.

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