Andrew Scott Reise the co-founder and developer for the virtual reality company Oculus VR, which makes the VR headset Oculus Rift, was killed in a police chase in Santa Ana, California.
The news of Reise’s death was reported by ABC.
According to ABC the police stopped to investigate a suspicious activity a couple of blocks away. While they were investigating a fight broke out. Shots were allegedly fired and suspect Victor Sanchez, 21, along with two other suspects, attempted to escape from the police in a white Dodge Charger.
Their car hit several other cars and went through multiple red lights. The car hit and struck Andrew Scott Reise as he was crossing the road. One of the suspects died in the hospital from gunshot injuries sustained in the shootout.
The prosecuting attorney has said that they are looking at charging the suspects with murder in the case of Andrew Scott Reise’s death.
The suspects were caught and have been placed in custody. The police are currently investigating the day’s events. Reisse himself was not involved in the incident. He was a bystander who allegedly got hit by the car at a crosswalk during the chase Thursday.
Oculus VR released an official statement regarding Andrew Scott Reisse’s death from the police chase.
Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family.
Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer.
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
Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse.”
Occulus VR developed the Oculus Rift VR headset after raising $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign.
Following the demonstration of the Oculus Rift prototype at the E3 in June 2012, on 1 August 2012 the company announced the Kickstarter campaign to initiate further development of the product. In just four hours after the announcement Oculus secured its intended amount of $250,000 and in less than 36 hours, the campaign had surpassed $1 million dollars in funding and eventually ended the campaign with $2,437,429.
No other information about the co-founder of Occulus VR, Andrew Scott Reise has been released after he was killed in a police chase on Thursday 30 May 2013.
By Michael Smith