Cop shoots suspect in movie theater

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SAN DIEGO – A San Diego police officer shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect who authorities claim attempted to evade arrest by hiding in a Carmel Mountain Ranch movie theater and pretending to be a patron.

The incident began at 2:22 p.m. Saturday with an alleged domestic violence occurrence reported in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 11100 block of Carmel Mountain Road, SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

Officers arrived to find the suspect had fled the scene, and witnesses said the man was armed with a handgun and had run across Rancho Carmel Drive to another shopping center, Herbert said.

Movie Theater ShootingOfficers tracked the suspect to a multi-screen movie theater, and one officer located him sitting inside one of the theaters as a patron, Herbert said.

“As the officer approached the suspect, the officer gave the suspect verbal commands to determine if he was armed. The suspect initially complied by raising his empty hands, but then lowered them quickly into his lap,” Herbert said.

“The suspect raised a handgun and turned it toward the officer,” Herbert claimed. “The officer shot the suspect and the suspect was taken into custody.”

The other patrons in the theater where the shooting took place were able to get away safely, he said.

The suspect, identified as Tom Billodeaux, 20, of Escondido, was shot in the arm and the chest and taken to a hospital for treatment, Herbert said.

He will be booked into the San Diego County Jail upon release from the hospital. Herbert did not specify what charges he would be booked on.

The alleged domestic violence victim was able to get away from Billodeaux with help of coworkers and other witnesses and was not injured, Herbert said.

The case remains under investigation.


  • Anne

    I was in theatre 6 seeing les mise at the 2:30 show. I heard the shots. Why when we ran out of the theatre did the many San Diego cops especially the one group from Del Mar didn't help us out but stood and talked to each other. No one lead us out of the theatre where we heard the shots.

    • Jordan

      I don't know what you were trying to say. Please use proper English in order to fully support your point and allow those of us who really want to empathize with you to understand what you're saying.

  • North

    Del Mar does not have a police department. They contract with the Sheriff's Department for police support. So blaming the Del Mar police for anything is blaming an entity that does not exist.

  • Brandon

    Poor Anne… really wasn't your strong suit was it? Good point North, Del Mar doesn't have a PD. Guess Anne struggles with written language AND recognition skills.

  • guest

    Gunman did not "burst" into the movie theater. Police did not "storm" into the theater either. The movie goer "Beth" that was interviewed was overacting after the interview. She turned into Miss Know It All, telling everyone that the movie theater was closed due to a shooting. Just before she was interviewed she was crying on the phone describing to the person on the other line what seemed to be a mass shooting (yes, Beth was exaggerating) and then she excused herself because she had to go, when in actuality she asked a cameraman nearby if he was from the news. He said yes, and she volunteered herself to be interviewed. "I was inside when it happened!"

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