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Murder suspect jumps to death after 16-hour police standoff

A 45-year-old murder suspect surnamed Park jumped to his death in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province.

According to the police, Park is suspected of stabbing a man, 57, to death at 2:17 p.m. Monday. Park was identified as a key suspect in the murder in the ensuing investigation. The victim was the CEO of a company where Park’s ex-wife worked.

Park ran to a rooftop of an apartment in Okpo-dong, a neighborhood along the eastern coast of the island.


Park jumped to his death in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, Wednesday morning. (Yonhap)
Park jumped to his death in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, Wednesday morning. (Yonhap)

Police deployed a SWAT team, crisis negotiation team and profiler.

Fire authorities installed three inflated crash pads at different locations around the building.

But after a standoff with police for over 16 hours, Park died in a jump at around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police said Park hit the window and front door roof before falling to the safety mattress.

Park asked to be allowed to call his ex-wife during the confrontation, according to police.

Police are investigating the motives behind Park’s suspected crime and his suicide.

By Kim Arin (arin@heraldcorp.com)
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