Man believed to be suspect in Illinois double murder shoots himself in standoff with Edina police

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A man driving a car matching that of a suspect wanted for double murder in Illinois shot himself during a standoff Friday night with Edina police.

Paramedics transported him to a hospital, where his condition was unknown as of late Friday.

Officers responded to the 6000 block of Vernon Avenue just after 8 p.m. on a tip regarding a wanted criminal. There they found an armed man sitting in a white Nissan Versa hatchback outside a residential apartment complex.

Over the following 90 minutes, a negotiator attempted to communicate with the man. But he remained in the car and ultimately fired a “single self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Joel Bonstrom, a crime analyst with Edina police.

Though authorities did not confirm the man’s identity, they said his vehicle matched the description of one driven by Anatoliy Ermak, 64, a Minnesota man suspected of killing his ex-wife and her husband in Illinois earlier this week before fleeing the state.

Nataliya Ermak, 55, and husband Roman Frid, 69, were gunned down Nov. 17 in their condominium parking garage in Buffalo Grove, a northwestern suburb of Chicago.

In a news conference, Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven Casstevens identified Anatoliy Ermak as the suspected assailant. He and Nataliya Ermak reportedly divorced eight years ago, but investigators had not yet determined a clear motive, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday in connection with two counts of first-degree murder.

Court records show that Ermak’s last known address is the Edina condo outside of which police confronted him Friday night. He and Nataliya purchased the property together in 2004 and appeared as co-owners on legal documents as recently as this year.

Authorities believe Anatoliy Ermak rented the white Nissan with Florida license plates several days ago, ahead of the slayings.

Ermak has a previous criminal conviction for disorderly conduct.

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