Driver killed when cops riddle car with bullets after chase

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SAN DIEGO – Detectives are reviewing body cam video that may have captured a deadly shooting involving four San Diego police officers Wednesday in the Encanto neighborhood.

Thongsoune Vilaysane, 30, of San Diego was killed following a short pursuit and crash into a police patrol car on Pagel Place around 9:30 p.m., according to San Diego Police Lieutenant Manny Del Toro.

Officers were in the neighborhood responding to weapons and narcotics complaints when Vilaysane sped away from police, according to Lt. Del Toro.

It was later learned Vilaysane was driving a vehicle stolen from Carlsbad.

A short police pursuit ensued and eventually ended back on Pagel Place when Vilaysane struck a parked car.

Officers began a “high-risk” vehicle stop, commanding Vilaysane get out of his car.

At that time, the suspect put the car in reverse, slamming into a patrol car, according to Lt. Del Toro. Two of the officers jumped out of the way, and narrowly escaped being struck.

Four officers then fired multiple rounds, hitting the car several times and killing the driver.

“The training is for officers to fire until the threat is gone,” Lt. Del Toro said. “The threat was the vehicle traveling at the officers and their response was firing multiple shots at the vehicle until the vehicle was no longer a threat.”

Medics responded, but despite their efforts, Vilaysane died at the scene.

“Very tough, I don’t think any officer shows up to work planning on being involved in a shooting. It’s a very difficult thing that we take serious. We want to make sure we can get their mental state right and get them back on the force and doing some good work again,” Lt. Del Toro said.

Witnesses say items were thrown from the car during the police pursuit.

The officers involved in the shooting have been with the department for two to five years.