DAILYKENN.com -- Thongsavanh Vandarack, 40, was fatally shot by police attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest.
Vandarack was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. He had a violent past.
Reports say Vandarack effectively committed 'suicide by cop' by refusing to remove his hands from his pockets during the encounter with police.
The encounter occurred in Loudon County, Tenn. and was reported Jan. 28, 2016.
Four detectives were attempting to serve the warrant and arrest Vandarack at a residence on 265 Grand View Drive in the Martel Estates East subdivision north of Lenoir City when the shooting occurred.
Due to his violent history, two of the Loudon County detectives serving the 3:30 p.m. warrant took positions outside the home to prevent any flight attempt, while the other two were let inside by Vandarack's girlfriend, according to Johnson.
When his girlfriend called him into the front room where detectives were waiting, Vandarack came from the kitchen with both hands in his pockets, according to Johnson.
When ordered to show his hands, Vandarack produced what appeared to be a handgun, and both detectives opened fire, striking Vandarack multiple times, according to Johnson.
Vandarack was taken by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He either died en route or at the hospital, according to Johnson.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suspects Vandarack planned "suicide by cop," due to information gathered during investigation and interviews with Vandarack's girlfriend, who indicated Vandarack anticipated his arrest for the rape and knew he would be sent back to prison, according to Johnson.
Vandarack's lengthy criminal history includes two Wisconsin convictions for attempted homicide and other felonies that netted him a prison sentence up to 49 years, according to Johnson.
Vandarack was in prison from 1993 until 2010 for those crimes, before his parole was transferred to Tennessee, where he was monitored by a Murfreesboro parole officer.
In 2012, Vandarack was charged with a DUI in Loudon County, a charge disposed of by his submitting to a parole violation that returned him to prison for two more years, with a discharge in 2014, according to Johnson.
Vandarack also is suspected to have a gang affiliation in Wisconsin, according to Johnson.
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