Standoff ends at Big Al’s Dirty Laundry in Columbia, Illinois

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COLUMBIA, Ill. - A standoff in downtown Columbia, Illinois has ended.  Police tell Fox 2/News 11 that the standoff ended around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night with the suspect in custody, and no one injured.

The standoff began early Tuesday afternoon when a woman called Columbia police around 3 p.m. to report that her boyfriend was having problems and had disappeared. Police later located the man at Big Al's Dirty Laundry just off of Main Street.

Workers at a nearby business told Fox 2/News 11 they watched the SWAT team show up and deal with someone inside the laundromat. As precaution workers and businesses in the area were told to shelter in place and/or not to leave their offices.

The downtown area is a very busy section of Columbia with restaurants and local shops.

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