The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther.
Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who died in Monday’s shootout, has a lengthy criminal record dating to the late 1980s in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties , according to public records and law enforcement sources.
Luther’s convictions include disturbing the peace, vandalism, battery, stalking, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury on a spouse. He was convicted of attempted murder and burglary in Los Angeles County in 1994 and served time in state prison, according to court records.
Authorities have not determined a motive in the shooting.
Luther’s father, Dennis Luther, told KTLA that his son was a “desperate man” and had recently been depressed.
“I think he just thought he didn’t have much to live for,” Dennis Luther said. “This might just have been suicide by the police. It’s just unfortunate that he happened to hurt anybody but himself.”What began as a routine traffic stop Monday evening quickly turned deadly, prompting a massive response […]