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Police Satisfied With Standoff Work

Dozens of Peoria police officers surrounded the home of kidnap suspect Phouvone Sophanavong for nearly ten hours Tuesday afternoon and evening.
PEORIA – After more than nine and half hour standoff Tuesday evening, police said they did all they could.

Dozens of officers surrounded the home of kidnapping suspect Phouvone Sophanavong. It began after police discovered the body of his estranged wife, Laongdao Phangthong in a vehicle parked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

The standoff finally ended around 9:30 P.M., after the suspect shot himself in the chest.

Peoria Police Captain Mike Eddlemon said the situation was difficult to manage, but thankfully, no officers or neighbors were hurt. “He was contained fairly quickly. So as far as a threat to the community, that was removed. We have to remember that what had happened was already out of control. It was our job to come to the scene and restore control and order and it was a win.”

Sophanavong is being hospitalized under police guard. His condition has been upgraded to serious.

The Peoria County Coroner confirms that the victim, Phangthong, died of two gunshot wounds to the chest.
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