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Suspect in Ottawa homicide found dead in Plano after police said he shot himself

Suspect, victims identified in double homicide

A man police said was a suspect in a double homicide Friday in Ottawa was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Plano.

Police surrounded a house at 317 W. Dearborn St. in Plano on Saturday morning in connection with the homicide investigation, according to a press release from the Plano Police Department.

Ottawa police originally responded to a report of a possible homicide Friday night at 320 Deleon St. and discovered Nicol E. Scolaro, 49, and Paul E. Ladue, 51, dead as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Ottawa Police Capt. Dave Gualandri.

Ottawa police then developed Christopher B. Stankovich, 48, as a suspect who was located Saturday morning at 317 W. Dearborn St. in Plano.

A perimeter was set up in the area of the house and Stankovich exited the property at about 5 a.m. Saturday. He immediately retreated back into the house after seeing police.

A short time later, police heard what they believed was a gunshot come from the residence.

After further investigation, Stankovich was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The matter remains under investigation, according to Gualandri. He said there is no threat to the public as a result of this situation.

Ottawa Police are not releasing information regarding the relationship between the three individuals. Kendall County Court Records show Scolaro had filed for an order of protection against Stankovich on two occasions. Once in 2019 and also in 2015.

Stankovich also had a violent charge recently in Kendall County. He was arrested May 20 with domestic battery after an incident at a Plano convenience store.

Ottawa Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the La Salle County Coroner’s Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, Kendall County Special Response Team, Will County Special Response Team, Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office and Plano Police Department.

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