Police shoot bank robbery suspect downtown


Evanston police fatally shot a bank robbery suspect near the busy downtown interesection of Davis Street and Maple Avenue this afternoon.

The man, who police say had just held up the Chase Bank branch at Grove Street and Elmwood Avenue, was walking northbound on Maple Avenue near Bennison's Bakery around 3 p.m. when he was confronted by several officers with their guns drawn.

Updated 4:35 p.m.: Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says that, when confronted by the officers, the man displayed a handgun. After numerous officers on the scene told him to drop the weapon, Parrott says, the man pointed the weapon at the officers, several of whom then fired their weapons, striking the man.

The man was taken to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Crime scene tape around Bennison's Bakery after the shooting.

Parrott says that officers responding to the bank robbery call had received a description of the robber from a teller at the bank and that the man had last been seen going westbound on foot from the bank.

He says the man the officers confronted about a block away on Maple Avenue matched the description provided by the teller.

Parrott says police recovered a loaded 9mm handgun from the man and also recovered at the scene money taken from the bank.

A bank camera image of the Chase Bank robber from the FBI via BanditTracker.com.

Parrott says Maple Avenue from Grove to Davis streets will be closed for some time as police process evidence from the incident.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit will handle the officer involved shooting investigation along with the department's Office of Professional Standards.

The man killed in Evanston today is also believed to be a suspect in the robbery of a TCF Bank branch at 4355 N. Sheridan in Chicago last Thursday.

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