UPDATE: Man Found Dead Inside Belvidere Home Identified

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UPDATE -- A standoff situation in Belvidere ends with police finding the suspect dead inside his home.

Belvidere Police say their tactical unit entered a home in the 1600 block of Cloverdale Way around 8:20pm Wednesday and found 62-year-old Khamsouane Vongsouvanh dead, apparently from a self inflicted gun shot wound. He was the only person inside the home.

The standoff situation began at 10:45am when police in Belvidere got a report of a domestic dispute inside the residence. Negotiators attempted to contact the man, but after several hours, police obtained a warrant to search the home. The suspect had been charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated assault.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office provided multiple robots to assist in the execution of the search warrant and the search of the home.

No one else was injured during the incident. The man's name is not being released at this time.



UPDATE: (10:00 P.M.) -- Investigators have now spent 11 hours surrounding a home in Belvidere where they say an alleged gunman has barricaded himself inside.

Police have opened up access to the Farmington Fields subdivision within the last half hour but there is still no word on the 62 year-old man held up in one of the homes on the 1600 block of Cloverdale Way.

Belvidere police have been trying to coax him out. They are currently in the prices of expecting a search warrant with the help of Winnebago County Sheriff's Department robots.

This all started around 10:45 a.m. when officers got a phone call from a victim of a domestic dispute. That victim got out safely but the mans been barricaded inside ever since

Officers did make contact but after no results, the robots were sent in. The man is charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated assault.

This is an ongoing scene and we will bring you the latest on 23 News This Morning.



UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) -- Police say a 62 year-old man is still barricaded inside his home in Belvidere. Negotiators have made contact with him but he still won't come out. Police are getting a search warrant so they can send in Winnebago County Sheriff's Department robots in an effort to find the alleged armed suspect. Police say he faces charges of aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated assault.


BELVIDERE (WIFR) – Police say an alleged gunman has barricaded himself inside a home for nearly 6 hours.

A negotiating team is continuing to coax what they believe to be an armed suspect from a home on Cloverdale Way. Police say the situation started at 10:45 this morning when a victim of a domestic dispute at the home called police for help.

That victim got out of the home safely and officers say they believe the only person left inside is the armed man.

"Nervousness. Fear. I wanted to make sure my kid's okay, but I figured the police would have it under control and take care of everything," said Rachel Peterson, a resident in the area.

Illinois State Police and Winnebago Sheriffs Deputies are helping out Belvidere Police and Boone County authorities. Neighbors are allowed in most parts of the subdivision but have been asked to stay inside until this is all over. We will keep you updated on this situation as we learn more.


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