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|Gunman in Macomb Farm King Shooting Takes Own Life
|UPDATED 11:32am 2/4/10 A standoff between police and an armed man at a Macomb retailer ended in one of the worst ways possible, but still could have been worse.
Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker says 19-year old Jonathan Labbe from Tenessee, Illinois -- near Macomb -- entered the Farm King store on East Jackson Street in Macomb around 12:45 Wednesday afternoon, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, and after getting into an argument, opened fire.
Barker says Labbe acted again when officers arrived on scene.
"We had one team at the entrance of the building, and one team on the east side," Barker said. "As the team on the east side entered, the other team went to enter the front door, and that's when (Labbe) fired through the front door."
Barker updated the media on the progress of the nearly six-hour standoff throughout the day Wednesday, and as State Police and McDonough County Sheriffs Deputies arrived on the scene, as did a regional homeland security vehicle.
Barker says the end of the standoff came as a state police tactical response team robot was used to locate Labbe.
"Once the (Tactical Response Team) robot went in, the robot located (Labbe) where we knew he fired a shot last," Barker said. "The robot said that (Labbe) was incapacitated. At that time, the Tactical Response Team moved up and confirmed that (Labbe) was deceased."
Barker says there were no hostages taken, and everyone inside the store was able to eventually leave safely -- at least six with the aide of police.
No motive has been released, and a suicide note wasn't left behind. Barker says the Farm King will remain closed as it is processed as a crime scene. He says Labbe possibly used bullets obtained inside the store during the shooting.
(Police vehicles surrounded the area of the parking lot of the Macomb Farm King store Wednesday evening.)
(A Unified Command Post vehicle sits in front of the Macomb Farm King Wednesday evening. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
|02 04 10 by Newsroom
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