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Murder suspect jumps to death after 16-hour police standoff

By Kim Arin
  • Published : Jul 9, 2019 - 11:38
  • Updated : Jul 9, 2019 - 16:10

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)

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)