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UPDATE: Slain Suspect in Hostage Standoff Identified

The hostage crisis unfolded shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday and it ended when snipers shot the suspect about three hours later.

UPDATE: Slain Suspect in Hostage Standoff Identified

Edited 6:27 p.m. Dec. 9, 2012:

A man fatally wounded by police snipers at a fast-food restaurant after he allegedly took two hostages was identified Sunday as Xang Khang, 26, of Sacramento, according to published reports.


A young man who allegedly entered a fast-food restaurant to rob it Saturday ended up dead when he took hostages and refused to surrender, Sacramento police said.

The suspect was armed, police said, when he entered the restaurant in the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard about 12:30 p.m.

He allegedly took two hostages and refused to let them leave, though one escaped unharmed, police said.

During the standoff, the gunman reportedly threatened to kill the hostages.

Officers surrounded the restaurant, though published reports indicated that neighboring stores remained open and shoppers continued walking through the parking lot.

Negotiators tried to speak with the man, who spoke intermittently with officers but refused to surrender, police said.

"During these conversations it was determined that the suspect would not release any hostages and that he had no intention of a peaceful surrender," a news release issued by police indicated.

"During the standoff, the suspect held the victims against their will and forced them around the interior of the restaurant at gunpoint.

"The suspect was also seen by officers using a hostage as a human shield while moving about the interior of the restaurant," the news release read.

Officers afraid that the violence would escalate ordered snipers to shoot the man.

"Immediately after shooting the suspect, officers rescued the hostage, disarmed the suspect and called for medical aid. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died," the news release read.

In keeping with department policies, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, police said.


The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact the dispatch center at 916 264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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