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SAN DIEGO — A man who was shot by police inside a Carmel Mountain movie theater after he confronted his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint at her workplace was sentenced Monday to 22 years and four months in state prison.

Tom Billodeaux, 22, pleaded guilty in February to four charges, including assault with a firearm on a police officer and making criminal threats.

Defense attorney Beth Ulch said Billodeaux had a rough childhood, with his mother being out of the picture and his father dying when he was 11. Billodeaux was adopted by his cousin but did drugs and alcohol with friends, Ulch told Judge Laura Halgren.

Ulch said the defendant’s girlfriend had broken up with him the night before the Jan. 12 incident, leaving when he passed out from drinking.

On Jan. 12 about 2:20 p.m., Billodeaux confronted the woman at gunpoint and threatened to kill her in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 11100 block of Carmel Mountain Road, near the restaurant where she worked, prosecutor Kurt Mechals said.

The woman’s supervisor tried to wrest the gun away from the defendant and a security guard intervened, allowing her to get away, according to the prosecutor.

More than an hour later, officers tracked Billodeaux to the Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain 12 complex and found him sitting alone in a theater where a movie was being shown.

Billodeaux initially complied with verbal commands to determine if he was armed but then lowered his hands into his lap, raised a handgun and turned it toward an officer, according to police.

Officer Addam Ansari opened fire, striking the defendant in the chest and arm.

“Officer Ansari had no choice but to shoot him (the defendant),” Mechals told the judge.

A second officer was present but did not fire his weapon, police said. No one else was injured.

Mechals said Billodeaux’s prison sentence was warranted, noting that he pointed his gun at three people that day.

“It’s unacceptable,” the prosecutor said of Billodeaux’s actions. “(The victim) had the audacity to break up with him. This is entirely unacceptable.”

SAN DIEGO — A man who was shot by police inside a Carmel Mountain movie theater after he confronted his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint at a nearby restaurant where she worked pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges, including assault with a firearm on a police officer and making criminal threats.

Movie Theater ShootingTom Billodeaux, 22, of Escondido faces more than 24 years in prison when he is sentenced April 8.

At 2:22 p.m. on Jan. 12, Billodeaux confronted his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 11100 block of Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

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

The defendant’s ex-girlfriend was able to get away with the help of co- workers and others who witnessed the confrontation, police said.

Officers tracked Billodeaux to the Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain 12 movie theater and later found the suspect sitting alone in a theater where a movie was playing.

Billodeaux initially complied with verbal commands to determine if he was armed, but the suspect then lowered his hands into his lap, raised a handgun and turned it toward an officer, police said.

Officer Addam Ansari opened fire, striking the defendant in the chest and arm. A second officer was present but did not fire his weapon, police said.

No one else was injured.

crimeSAN DIEGO — Authorities released the names Tuesday of four police officers who shot two suspects in separate incidents in Encanto and the Carmel Mountain area last weekend, killing one of them and leaving the other with multiple bullet wounds.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, San Diego police Officers Sergio Gallegos, Rogelio Medina and Nicholas Troncale opened fire on Jonathan F. Vasquez, 21, when he allegedly drove a stolen car directly at them following a brief road chase that ended in the 6500 block of Brooklyn Avenue, SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

Vasquez died at the scene of the shooting just east of Encanto Elementary School. One of his two companions, a 19-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat of the stolen car, suffered a gunshot to her shoulder. A man, 18, in the back seat was unharmed, Herbert said.

About 13 hours later, San Diego police Officer Addam Ansari shot Tom Billodeaux, 20, when the assault suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at him inside a movie theater at a multiplex in the 11600 block of Carmel Mountain Road.

Medics took Billodeaux, an Escondido resident, to a trauma center for treatment of arm and chest wounds, SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said. The suspect remained hospitalized late this morning. His condition and prognosis were not released.

The events that led to the non-fatal shooting had begun a short time earlier, when Billodeaux allegedly assaulted a young woman at her workplace in a shopping center near the multiplex.

Aided by witnesses who saw the suspect flee into another mall a short distance to the east, Ansari searched the theater complex and found him sitting in a darkened auditorium with about 15 other people during a screening of “Les Miserables.”

The officer ordered Billodeaux to put his arms over his head, and he initially complied, displaying his empty hands. A moment later, however, the suspect allegedly grabbed a pistol from his lap or waistband and raised it toward Ansari, prompting the officer to open fire.

Police declined to disclose the relationship between Billodeaux and the alleged assault victim, though Herbert described the incident as domestic violence.

The three officers involved in the first of the two shootings work out of the SDPD Southeastern Division station. Gallegos has been with the force for six years, Medina for five and Troncale for four, the lieutenant said.

Ansari is assigned to the SDPD Eastern Division and has been an officer with the department for 18 months, according to Herbert.

All four patrolmen will serve desk duty pending completion of investigations into the shootings.

SAN DIEGO – A weekend shooting has shoppers at a popular Carmel Mountain mall questioning security.

“If I have to go through a metal detector, I’m ok with that,” said Shelondra Frye, a shopper.  “It’s not just for my safety, it’s for my son’s safety and you know the rest of my family and others as well.”

Shoppers were reacting to Saturday’s police involved shooting at the Reading Cinema complex. Tom Billodeaux, 20, of Escondido was shot by police officers as he tried to hide in theater number 9.

Movie Theater Shooting“When officers approached him, he began to show his hands.  On the second time, he was armed with a handgun,” said Capt. Terry McManus of San Diego police homicide unit.  “Fearing for their life and the lives of others, one of the officers removed his service revolver and fired at the suspect, striking the suspect.”

Billodeaux was taken in critical condition to Palomar Medical Center, he’s expected to survive.

Police said initially the 20-year old confronted his girlfriend at the Chipotle restaurant across the street from the theater.  He waited until she was on  a break and approached her with a gun, investigators said.  When a bystander tried to help, he also threatened him with a gun.

“There was a group of customers just hiding out here,” said Adrian Amante.  “You could tell they were startled and they didn’t know what was going on.”

Amante owns the furniture store next to the theater.  During the Saturday’s search, many theater-goers ended up at his store.

“It was obvious, it wasn’t targeted to the theater, the guy was just hiding out,” said Amante.  “It wasn’t like he came in and had intentions to shoot up the theater.”

Amante said in all of his 18 years at the Carmel Mountain Plaza location, nothing like this has ever happened.  The incident has him thinking about taking matters into his own hands.

“I know a lot of business owners who keep firearms to protect themselves from nuts like this,” said Amante.  “I want to protect myself, I want to protect my staff, my customers and anyone else.”

SDPD said the officer involved in the shooting has been on the force for a year and a half.  His name is not being released at this time.

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.

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