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Police Shoot Domestic Violence Suspect Hiding Inside Screening Of 'Les Miserables'

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An armed domestic violence suspect was shot by police yesterday in front of moviegoers attending a matinee of "Les Miserables" in San Diego.Police responded to a call that Tom Billodeaux of Escondido, 20, had assaulted his girlfriend in the parking lot across the street from Reading Cinemas around 2:30 pm, according to the Los Angeles Times. The victim's coworkers managed to help her get away from Billodeaux, but he allegedly threatened them with his gun. He fled the scene, sparking an intense police search in the area.

Police ordered the lights to go up at Reading Cinemas, and they went theater to theater to find him, according to the Associated Press. They found him trying to blend in with 15 other moviegoers at a matinee screening of "Les Miserables."

Police claimed that initially Billodeaux cooperated with police instructions to raise his empty hands in the air. But then they said he made a quick motion to his lap, picked up his gun and aimed it at police. Officers shot him in the chest and the arm. He was transported to the hospital, but his wounds were not life-threatening. No one else was injured, and the gunman didn't threaten anyone else in the theater.

The officer who shot him has been with the San Diego Police Department 18 months.

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Police told the Associated Press that Billodeaux left a suicide note at his Escondido home before going to confront his girlfriend.