Last Thursday in Santa Ana, California, a resident was walking a crosswalk when they were struck and killed by a car involved in a police chase. The resident has since been identified as 33 year old Andrew Scott Reisse (above), co-founder of the Irvine-based Oculus VR.
“Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, and avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family,” the company said in a statement. “Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world. Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.”
Authorities say the incident began when officers saw two vehicles full of people involved in an unspecified “criminal activity”. When officers went to investigate, an altercation occurred between police and 26 year old Gerardo Diego Ayala, which ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting. Police have confirmed a gun was found at the scene. Investigators have claimed 21 year old Victor Sanchez and two other suspects then took off in a Dodge Charger. “They ran through several red lights, including the one where they struck our victim,” Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The suspects were later taken into custody, with Sanchez recovering in the hospital from injuries suffered in the crash. The other two suspects are not currently being identified, as part of procedure in the ongoing investigation. Police have confirmed all suspects are gang members on probation, with outstanding warrants for their arrest.