Neighbor speaks about man shot by officer in Carmel Mountain Ranch movie theater
Neighbor described Tom Billodeaux as friendly
Last Updated: 334 days ago
SAN DIEGO - 10News is learning new information about the man who was shot by a police officer in a Carmel Mountain Ranch movie theater after they say he threatened his girlfriend with a gun.
Police identified him as 20-year old Tom Billodeaux. 10News went to the Escondido apartment where Billodeaux lives. A neighbor told 10News she has known him for three years.
She said she was shocked by what police said happened on Saturday afternoon. The neighbor described Billodeaux as a very nice guy who would often play football with children who live in the apartment complex.
Moments after police shot Billodeaux inside theater number 9, a pair of moviegoers who did not want to be identified who were inside that theater at the time told a frightening story to 10News.
"We were in the movie theater and the lights turned on and a cop came… two cops came through with their guns and apparently the person they were looking for was in the theater and then gunshots started," said a moviegoer.
Another added, "We all got on the floor and started heading for the exits."
San Diego police Capt. Terry McManus said officers had no choice but to shoot.
"He's armed with a handgun," said McManus. "Officers believing that their life was in danger and the lives of others who were in that theater... One of the officers removed his service revolver and fired at the suspect, striking the suspect."
Knowing what occurred on Saturday had moviegoers on edge on Sunday.
"It makes me really apprehensive and it's scary," said moviegoer Veronica Villasenor. "It's kind of surreal to think that actually this could be happening so close to home."
Police said the incident started when Billodeaux confronted his girlfriend across the street from the movie theater. The unidentified woman works at a Chipotle restaurant in the shopping complex adjacent to the one where the movie theater is located. Police said she was able to get away from him before he ran across the street. She was not hurt.
Reading Cinemas issued a statement which read in part, "We are thankful that everyone, including our guests and staff, involved in the incident, is safe and unharmed. We have and will continue to fully cooperate with the local police in their investigation."
Police told 10News they will book Billodeaux into county jail once he recovers from his wounds. He is now receiving treatment at Palomar Medical Center and is expected to survive.
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