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Kidnapping suspect shot in head
Updated: 2005-05-16 08:38

Police shot and captured a man suspected of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl on Saturday in Chongqing Municipality.

A little girl is taken hostage by a man who wields a kitchen knife, at Yuzhong District of China's southwest municipality of Chongqing, May 14, 2005. The man was injured with a bullet in the head in the wake of a failed attempt by local police to persuade him to give up. The captive girl was rescued after an hour and the abductor, reportedly a Shanxi native, was rushed to the hospital and dead upon arrival. [newsphoto]

Officers rushed the 23-year-old Shanxi Province suspect, Sun Xiaoqiang, and the injured girl to hospital, Chongqing-based newspapers reported yesterday.

The man's motive remained unclear.

Hospital rescue team staff exam the man who was shot at the head at the scene. [newsphoto]

The drama unfolded when two police assistants reportedly found Sun hiding two 8-centimeter daggers in his clothes near an appliance store in Yuzhong District about 4:30pm. They watched him.

Sun realized he was being followed and started running, police said.

During the chase Sun broke into a hotel kitchen and grabbed a cleaver, papers reported.

Running for more than 1 kilometer with officers giving chase, Sun allegedly grabbed a teenage boy, who freed himself a short time later and fled.

Sun then grabbed the 4-year-old girl on the side of a road. He held the cleaver against the girl's neck and threatened to kill her.

During a 50-minute-long standoff with police, Sun slashed the girl's arm. The standoff ended about 6:20pm when a sniper shot Sun in the head.

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