Man takes own life, ending hours long standoff in Belleville

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A 6-hour long standoff ended in Belleville when a suicidal man took his own life Wednesday evening at an apartment complex located in the 100 block of Lauren Circle.  A SWAT team and local law enforcement were called to an apartment building in Belleville Wednesday afternoon.  A baby and two older women were seen escaping from an apartment window.  They were helped by law enforcement.

At some point officers heard a gunshot during the incident took place on Lauren Circle, located between Highways 13 and 15.

A SWAT vehicle was positioned in front of one three-story building, while a Madison County Sheriff Rescue Vehicle was stationed in the rear.

Armored police could be observed approaching the building with rifles drawn.

Officers converged on a basement level window around 3:40 p.m. and removed a baby and two women from the building.

Just after 7 p.m., a tactical team entered an apartment and found the male subject deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

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