Everything We Know About The YouTube Engineer Who Injured 8 People On LSD Rampage

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YouTube software engineer Betai Koffi was shot by police in Bodega Bay while on a Fourth of July getaway. Why? Because he went on a violent rampage while allegedly high on LSD, reports The Mercury News. The 32-year-old is still in critical condition following the incident. Koffi was shot at by police multiple times. Here are the details. Who is Betai Koffi?

1. How It Happened

Eight people were injured by Betai Koffi after he went on a rampage fueled by taking LSD. Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Spencer Crum said in a press release that Koffi took two doses of LSD around noon the day of the incident and started becoming "delusional." His friends tried to calm him down and get him to stop, but he took two more hits of the psychedelic drug between 4 and 5 p.m. Koffi assaulted his four friends who were trying to stop him from leaving a vacation rental after he took the four doses of LSD. According to USA Today, after choking one friend and punching two others, Koffi stabbed another friend with a pencil. He also stabbed a security guard, with the metal end of a landscape light, who confronted him for abandoning a rental car he was driving. Koffi then drove off in the security guard's truck and hit two pedestrians in the street and another walking on a bluff. While driving erratically, he rammed a patrol car. One of the officers in the patrol car shot Koffi three times, critically injuring him.


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2. Who Is Betai Koffi?

Before the unfortunate rampage, Koffi seemed to be an intelligent man. According to his Linkedin page, he is a software engineer at YouTube and a Stanford University graduate. He also previously worked at Microsoft. His future is unknown now. Google, which owns YouTube, has yet to comment about the drug rampage or Koffi's future with the company. 

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3. The Victims 

While none of the victims' injuries are life threatening, Koffi's injuries were described as "major" by police. The first woman he allegedly hit with a stolen truck was flown to a hospital with significant injuries, but she's expected to be okay. The security guard and second woman allegedly hit by the truck were taken to a local hospital by ambulance and are also expected to survive. Koffi's friends didn't need to be hospitalized. They treated their own injuries. 

4. Charges

Koffiis in for a rude awakening after his bad trip. Along with being seriously injured from gun shots, Koffi was charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and was also charged with carjacking.


Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, entertainment news and relationship topics. ​