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Hostage suspect IDd following fatal takedown

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The man shot and killed by police over the weekend after an intense hostage standoff at a Jack-in-the-Box has been identified as 26-year-old Xang Khang of Sacramento.

The shooting ended an approximately three-hour standoff between police and the armed gunman Saturday at 8349 Folsom Boulevard, in the College Greens neighborhood. Khang apparently held two female employees hostage in what started as a take-over style robbery; he also threatened to kill them, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

While negotiators made sporadic telephone contact with Khang and the hostages, "…it was determined that the suspect would not release any hostages and that he had no intention of a peaceful surrender," a Sac PD news release stated.

Khang reportedly held the victims against their will and forced them around the inside of the restaurant at gunpoint. He was also seen using a hostage as a human shield while moving around the inside of the restaurant, police say.

As police moved closer to the building, a shot rang out and the restaurant’s glass door shattered. The police sharp shooter had hit his target. The hostage fled, throwing the door open at a full sprint before an officer clad in SWAT body armor grabbed her, pulling her down while more officers streamed past, entering the restaurant as the sound of flashbang grenades echoed throughout the area.

Police Spokesman Doug Morse said while it’s unfortunate that the standoff ended with a death, ultimately the safety of the hostages and people in the surrounding area was paramount. "We tried for several hours for this to end peacefully and it’s very unfortunate that it had to end this way," he said Saturday. "The officers were forced to take action to end this safely."

The Sac PD’s SWAT team and hostage negotiation team (HNT) responded to the standoff; the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, according to the news release.  

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