PEORIA (WEEK) - A man who was considered armed and dangerous over the weekend died Tuesday after police tried negotiating with him for hours to come out of a house.
Coroner, Jamie Harwood, just released his preliminary autopsy results. They show that Dolmokio Eckwood Jr. died from a single, self-inflicted, gunshot wound. Harwood said he died instantly.
Police arrived at the house Eckwood Jr. was inside of around 11:42 a.m. Tuesday, in the 1500 block of Glendale. The 25-year-old was accused of pistol whipping a woman, and had other warrants out. Peoria Police's special response team tried negotiating with Eckwood for several hours. Around 3:19 p.m. negotiators heard what they believes to be a gunshot while they were on the phone with Eckwood.
Police said they immediately went into the house using a robot to ensure officer safety. Eckwood was ultimately found inside and was declared dead on scene.
Tuesday, public information officer, Amy Dotson, said, "Mr. Eckwood was in crisis and I think we can understand that clearly now."
Dotson also said no officers fired their weapons.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or mental health issues, below are a list of resources that can help.
- PEORIA COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICE (309)-671-8084
- TAZEWELL, WOODFORD COUNTY CRISIS AND REFERRALS (309)-347-1148
- THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 800-273-8255 BY TEXT AT 741741