Oculus Rift Co-Founder Struck, Killed by Car Fleeing Police
Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of Oculus Rift, was struck and killed Thursday by a car being pursued by police in Santa Ana, Calif.
ABC7 Local News in Santa Ana reported that Reisse was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck by a car that police say was driven by gang members. The car allegedly was fleeing police after an altercation that resulted in an officer-involved shooting.
Oculus VR released the following statement about the news:
“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.”
According to police, the incident began when police saw two vehicles full of people involved in an undefined criminal activity. Their investigation resulted in a physical altercation between police and the suspects, police said, which ended with the officer-involved shooting. The suspect involved in the shooting later died at the hospital.
Three other suspects then reportedly took off in a white Dodge Charger and were pursued by police. Police said the Charger hit two vehicles during the pursuit, before ultimately killing the 33-year-old developer in the crosswalk at Flower Street and MacArthur Boulevard.
The suspects were arrested and are currently in custody, and an investigation is ongoing.
Game Front’s thoughts are with Reisse’s friends and family and we offer our condolences.