Update: 2:05 p.m.: Evanston police now have identified the bank robber shot and killed in a confrontation with officers on a downtown street Monday as 29-year-old Kevin Ross of Evanston..

Evanston police say they’re continuing to work with the FBI to determine if Ross was involved in any other criminal activity in the Chicagoland area.

The website, operated by the FBI, other police agencies and local banks, says he’s also suspected of robbing a TCF Bank branch at 4355 N. Sheridan in Chicago last Thursday.

Police so far have not confirmed any link between Monday’s robber and the man who held up the same Chase Bank branch at 901 Grove St. last September. That robber is believed to be the same man who hit a different TCF Bank branch, at 5343 N. Broadway in Chicago, twice — on Oct. 2 and Dec. 5.

Update 12/20/13: The FBI now has concluded that Ross was responsible for all five robberies — the two at the Evanston Chase branch and three at the two TCF branches in Chicago.

Evanston police say video from a squad car camera confirms witness reports that the robber pulled out a gun when confronted by officers on Maple Avenue about a block from the bank and refused their orders to drop it before he was shot.

Police recovered a 9mm handgun and $3,000 in proceeds from the bank robbery from Ross, who was taken to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is handling the officer involved shooting investigation along with the Evanston Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards.

A previous fatal shooting incident involving Evanston police, a 2009 incident in which officers shot a knife-wielding man in the basement of a building near Church and Dodge led to a finding by state police that the shooting was justified.

The city also won a wrongful death suit last year that had been brought by relatives of the man killed in that incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Actions and consequences
    This man’s actions had consequences, and if the police story holds true, the police were in harm’s way. The man’s motives are unknown to me and there is no need to react, turn into a law-n-order tough guy, or become a bleeding heart. Yet, there was loss of life, and I am sad to hear about that.

    1. The police are trigger happy
      The police are trigger happy as we can see from previous cases. I can see shots to disarm him but they shot more than 9 shots with the obvious intent to kill the suspect. The media as well twist and turn stories to cover the police’s tracks. Especially since no one in the robberies were killed.

      1. What every cop knows
        There is an old police axiom that every cop knows by heart: ” Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six”

      2. Can’t agree but next time, we’ll call you instead
        I can’t agree that the police are trigger happy. If that were true and given the large number of police/citizen contacts in Evanston, there would be many more police shootings here.

        In this situation, the police encountered a person who had just robbed a bank with a gun, was walking down the street and refused to drop the deadly weapon when instructed to do so.

        Police don’t shoot to disarm. They shoot only when they are in fear for their lives and the lives of others. That means that they shoot to kill. Shooting to disarm is in the movies and TV only as so-called shooting to disarm may not actually disarm the offender and so you have not eliminated the threat. Not a good result.

        I have a great solution to avoid this situation in the future. Please provide your telephone number so that the next time that there’s a gun-toting bank robber in the downtown area, we can call you to come handle the situation. I sure hope that, if he doesn’t listen to you and doesn’t drop his gun that you will have a Plan B to address that gun pointed at you. How about trying that shoot to disarm idea then?

        Thanks to the police for keeping innocent citizens and themselves safe. I am certain that this shooting is weighing heavily on all of those officers involved. I regret the loss of life but the robber is responsible for his own violent actions.

      3. False claims?
        It is very tragic that a person died in this situation. But to claim that EPD is “trigger happy” is wrong. What is your evidence? Were you there? Please give other examples to support your claim. To also claim that the “media as well twist and turn stories to cover the police’s tracks” is a statement that also needs support. Please give examples. Your comment is an emotional reaction to an unfortunate situation. I am proud that my tax dollars support a professional and effective police department. They are not perfect, but they are highly committed and work under very challenging circumstances. Thank you EPD for a job well done in 2013. And wishes for a happy and safe New Year!

      4. I’ve waited for the comment that…
        By now I assumed the stock response would be posted that “he was just getting his life together, he loved and was loved by everyone, he was a straight A student and was very involved in charity, he would attend college next fall, etc.” and of course “..if anyone would have been hurt [by him] it would have been their fault for having been in the bank or on the street.”

  2. ‘Shooting to disarm’ is a fallacy
    The idea of “shooting to disarm” is a fallacy. Cops are taught to aim for center mass, to put someone down. When they have to draw their weapon, it is when they suspect someone is a dangerous individual.

    Yes, there have been instances where cops have reacted too quickly. This was not one of those times. He pulled a gun on the police after robbing a bank and fleeing the scene.

    This man kept robbing the bank during the shift change for the police station, and the station is RIGHT AROUND the corner. Let’s put the blame where it belongs and stop looking for controversy where none exists.

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