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San Diego police shoot armed suspect in movie theater

  • Police investigate a shooting at the Reading Cinemas in San Diego on Saturday evening, Jan. 12, 2013. Police shot and critically wounded a man suspected of chasing his girlfriend with a handgun after they found him hiding inside the movie theater. It was the second shooting at a San Diego County movie theater in as many days. (AP Photo/UT San Diego, Earnie Grafton)

SAN DIEGO — Moviegoers at a San Diego theater ducked for cover as police stormed in during a movie and shot and wounded an armed domestic violence suspect pretending to be a patron.

The lights came on suddenly during a Saturday matinee screening of "Les Miserables" at Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain in northern San Diego and two officers who had been going theater-to-theater spotted their suspect among the approximately 15 moviegoers, most of whom quickly hit the floor and started inching toward exits, police and witnesses said.

The suspect, Tom Billodeaux of Escondido, 20, at first obeyed the officer who approached him and put his empty hands up, but then "lowered them into his lap ... raised a handgun, and turned it toward the officer," police said in a statement.

The officer, who has been with the department for about 18 months, shot Billodeaux in the chest and arm, police said.

No one else, including the domestic violence victim in the initial incident, was hurt, police Lt. Ernie Herbert said.


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