LAPD Identifies Carjacking Suspect As 22-Year-Old San Bernardino Man

KOREATOWN (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department identified a carjacking suspect Friday who was killed after a police pursuit ended in Koreatown Thursday night.

The suspect was identified as Shonchy Thaopraseuth, 22, of San Bernardino.

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Shonchy Thaopraseuth (credit: the Thaopraseuth family)

LAPD officers fired more than 20 shots at Thaopraseuth, who led them to a Shell gas station near Wilshire and Vermont after he allegedly carjacked two vehicles.

The first vehicle , which was taken in San Bernardino at a gas station, ran out of fuel, which prompted the suspect to steal a Saturn in Lincoln Heights.

He then drove erratically from the 60 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles and onto the 101 Freeway.

At one point, he turned left at Highland, where Oscar preparations have streets blocked. Tourists along Hollywood Boulevard even snapped photos of him as he slowed for photo-ops.

Thaopraseuth then waved his gun in the air and led a long line of police patrol cars to the gas station, where Harry Hahn was filling up his car.

“My face was on the ground, that’s why I didn’t say anything. Then after two minutes, “Bang, bang bang bang!” Hahn told CBS2 about the terrifying ordeal.

The LAPD says they were the only ones who opened fire, but they were prompted to shoot when the suspect pointed his revolver at customers inside the gas station’s convenience store.

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  1. GROWAPAIR \\// says:

    one less. LOL

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      Your a chucklehead!

  2. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS says:

    REALLY POINTING THE GUN? AND HE WASN’T REALLY EVEN POINTING INSIDE THE STORE.AND YES WAYYY MORE THAN 20 SHOTS WERE FIRED. HE DIDNT HAVE THE ANGLE. IT WAS SIMPLY SUICIDE BY THE POLICE. THE LAPD ONCE AGAIN USED EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE TO END THIS AND THEN TREATED THE YOUNG MAN LIKE A PIECE OF GARBAGE. THIS WORLD IS HORRIBLE.

    1. Everyday Guy says:

      BOOHOO Jerky.

    2. wobbles says:

      if it had been pointed in your direction, wouldn’t you hoped they shot the guy? stay at home in your armchair and leave the quarterbacking to the people actually on the field playing the game idiot.

    3. noname says:

      Dont be ignorant, he had a gun, car jacked two vehicles (could have been you) had a gun and waived it to either ofcrs or at the store, doesnt matter, his intention could have been to shoot Mr. Hahn, ur brother or sister. I am sure that 5 0 shot him to protect someones life. They dont shoot just to shoot, and im sure all 20 rounds were shot at the same time when the suspect pointed the gun. May he RIP.

    4. alan says:

      RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS you need to look at google earth and then you would see that this guy did have the angle as he was parked right outside the doors to the gas station. well done USA for arming your police, just wish ours were armed.

    5. Sandra Padilla says:

      Really, Random? You don’t see this guy as being a danger, after car jacking two cars at gunpoint?

    6. Astonished says:

      Wow! Still shouting. Guess you didn’t take your anti-whine meds today.

    7. Matt Woods says:

      This young man was a piece of garbage, he carjacked! What if it was one of your loved ones, and maybe he pulled the trigger?

    8. bmar3 says:

      This is a happy ending. He carjacked the car at gunpoint. What are the police supposed to do? Play paddycake with him? Now it’s just one less criminal, no liberal attorneys or judges and a parole in a few months…………to do it all over again. He should have just pulled over at the beginning.

  3. Random acts of stupid says:

    Really Random??…Well let’s see how the people in the gas station felt about that…. gun just casually being pointed at them… lol….IDIOT!

    1. Rooney says:

      You could not see from the live cast from the helicopter if the guy had a gun pointed at anyone. The police went too far. They want to shoot like that, put them in the military. Our streets aren’t safe because of the police also!

      1. Some Guy says:

        Just because you couldn’t see the gun from the helicopter doesn’t mean the man didn’t have one and wasn’t pointing it at someone forcing the police to shoot.

      2. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

        Yea look before you speak please…..

      3. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

        Rooney is still a Looney.

  4. Carmadogma says:

    20 shots, there probably isn’t much left of his head to identify him.

  5. Pedro says:

    Why bother identifying this piece of garbage. Just throw his body in the dumpster.

  6. Astonished says:

    I guess he left his wallet in his other hijacked car. . . . . . . . .

  7. Chuey says:

    This would never happen to me. You know why? I am nt that freaking STUPID! Death suits the idiot well.

  8. Rooney says:

    Naw, I just hate L.A., actually California. From the day I moved here I thought people here were losers and nuts and I still think so. Heck, it’s time to leave. I’ve had enough of this hell hole! The people are rude and ignorant beyond belief! And guess what, you’re comments mean nothing to me so you can rant and rave all you like!!

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      Such a negative attitude…sad way to live Rooney.

  9. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

    Rooney. All i ask is that you watch the second video posted if you still think this man was innocent and we have no proof that he acrjacked anyone.

  10. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

    *****carjacked*****

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