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Pekin police investigate woman's shooting death

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:30 p.m. CDT

PEKIN (AP) — Police in the central Illinois city of Pekin are leading the investigation into the death of a woman authorities say was kidnapped Monday by her estranged husband.

The Pekin Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1fph09H ) the husband — 45-year-old Phouvone Sophanavong — remains in serious condition and under guard at a Peoria hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He's been charged with kidnapping.

Police say he shot himself after a nine-hour standoff Tuesday at his Peoria home. They allege he had forced his wife back into her car after she arrived Monday morning at a packaging facility in Pekin where she worked.

The body of his wife — 28-year-old Laongdao Phangthong — was found Tuesday in a parked car in Peoria. She'd been shot twice in the chest.

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