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11 LAPD Officers Fired 60+ Rounds at Car-jacking Suspect

February 27, 2012  | 

Screenshot: KTLA
Screenshot: KTLA

Eleven Los Angeles Police officers fired more than 60 rounds at a car-jacking suspect at a Koreatown gas station while the station's owner was caught in the cross fire.

Suspect Shonchy Thaopraseuth, 22, of San Bernardino was killed, after he pulled into a Shell gas station near Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue and pointed a revolver and bystanders. He had allegedly car-jacked two vehicles, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Thaopraseuth stole a car in San Bernardino at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He drove to El Sereno, where he dumped the vehicle and stole a Saturn from a 65-year-old man. LAPD officers pursued him to the Shell station.

To view a KTLA news report on the incident that includes surveillance footage of the shooting, click here.

Comments (14)

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John Tate (New Mex.) @ 2/27/2012 5:17 PM

Sounds like a variation on Parkinson's Law: Give someone a high capacity magazine, and he'll use it all.

TimFromLA @ 2/27/2012 5:33 PM

Good shooting HBK.

BW @ 2/27/2012 5:39 PM

Doesn't sound like they used all of their "high capacity" magazines. 11 officers / 60 is ~6 rounds an officer. The smallest full size magazine holds 7 rounds.

[email protected] @ 2/27/2012 5:41 PM

Hey John, you do realize the math to the shooting works out to approximately 5 shots per officer?

Doesn't seem like that much to me. I'm surprised it wasn't more.

You're taught to stop the threat. If that means an entire magazine, then it means an entire magazine.

Tom Ret @ 2/27/2012 6:24 PM

A lot of rounds were fired in this incident but again it is the news media that tries to sensationalize the situation. The news footage indicated initially that the Korean shop owner was feet away from shots being fired and was caught in a cross fire. As the footage continues, it is then stated that the shop owner was only inches away from being hit by gun fire yet it is obvious he is on the side of his car that is furthest away from the suspect. Then it is revealed that the victim's car did not get a scratch on it. If he was in fact just inches away from being blown away by the police which is alleged here, then there sure ought to be some bullet holes in his car. The shop owner was in close proximity but did not appear to be caught in a cross fire. The marked unit seen approaching toward the front of the suspect's car may have been though. I assume the officers fired enough rounds so that the suspect most likely would not continue to pose a threat to them or the public. It was probably pretty hard to tell if the suspect was hit and how badly as he was seated in the car which obstructed the officer's view.

Lee @ 2/27/2012 6:25 PM

All of ^^^ That...

Lee @ 2/27/2012 6:27 PM

Edit: I wanted that to go to [email protected], but was late on the draw

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 2/27/2012 6:42 PM

Nice shooting. The operative words are "...was killed"..Some deputies a few years ago shout about the same amount at a GTA suspect and only shot themselves in the crossfire. The Baca went to the neighborhood and apologized. read www.whenlawmenlie when you can..

TB - 18 @ 2/27/2012 6:57 PM

I know everyone wants to know what the suspect's family had to say ("They could have waited until he got out of the car" - Lol)

SMOKEY @ 2/27/2012 8:10 PM


Leonard Mather @ 2/28/2012 8:33 AM

Looks like a sensational, biased story by the Wussie reporters trying to create a sensation (60 rounds and 11 officers = 5 to 6 rounds per officer) using their misperception of crossfire. This would get Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton galloping to CA were it a Black carjacker.

Juan Melendez @ 2/28/2012 12:36 PM

OK...the perp car-jacked two vehicles and while armed with a firearm threatened to shoot other civilians causing the owner of the gas station to get shot and this heading is about the number rounds expended? Job well done my prayers go out to you as always for not getting hurt!

Dustin @ 2/28/2012 6:05 PM

Inches? Yes if that means hundreds of inches! LOL. Wow. Terrible reporting. They also missed advertising the part when the owner said "then the police come protect me and get me out". Wow...way to sink the police and don't pay tribute to the life saving actions they took. No one likes to see anyone have to use their gun, but when its used, like in this case, its a necessity. Had the not, and the suspect shot, they would have blamed the police for in-action. Good work officers.

ohsheepdog @ 3/1/2012 9:07 AM

Well, "inches from Hahn" + not a scratch on the car he was hiding under and beside + threat eliminated = good shooting by police! What's the problem?!

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