The Victim and Suspect of Vista Homicide Have Been Identified


The victim in this case has been identified as fifty-one-year-old Xiongvang Thao. The suspect has been identified as fifty-three-year-old Bouavang Thao. Bouavang Thao has been arrested and is currently under guard at a local hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound. Bouavang Thao is being held without bail for one count of murder.

Information from Prior Release:
This morning, Vista Sheriff’s Station deputies and Vista Fire Department personnel responded to a 9-1-1 call from within a residence. The caller stated there were two people shot inside the residence and one was not breathing. One female adult was pronounced deceased at the scene with a traumatic wound. An adult male was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment for a suspected gunshot wound. His injury is severe and his medical prognosis in unknown.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Unit responded and has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will notify the next of kin and perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Prepared by: Rich Williams, Lieutenant
Sheriff’s Homicide Unit (858) 285-6330


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