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Evanston Police Shoot, Kill Suspected Bank Robber

Police shot and killed a man suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in the 900 block of Grove Street Monday afternoon.

A photo of the suspected bank robber from Bandit Tracker Chicago.
A photo of the suspected bank robber from Bandit Tracker Chicago.
Evanston police shot and killed a suspected bank robber outside Bennison's Bakery in downtown Evanston Monday afternoon, according to a press release from the police department.

The man, who was suspected of robbing a Chase Bank at 901 Grove St., pointed a weapon at police and refused to drop it before he was shot by several officers, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott said in the release,

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Police responded to a call of a bank robbery at the Chase Bank around 3 p.m., and went looking for the suspect based on a description provided by a bank teller. The man was last seen walking westbound on Grove Street from the bank, according to Parrott.

Several police officers tried to stop a man matching the description next to Bennison's Bakery, on Maple Avenue just south of Davis Street, Parrott said. He was seen holding a weapon and refused to drop it, according to the release.

Paramedics transported the man to Evanston Hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead, according to Parrott. Police recovered a 9 millimeter handgun from the man, along with money he had stolen from the bank.

Maple Avenue will be closed from Grove to Davis streets while police investigate the crime scene, according to the release. The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit and the Evanston Police Department's Office of Professional Standards will handle the investigation of the police shooting, Parrott said.

The suspected bank robber is believed to have robbed a TCF Bank at 4355 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 12, according to Bandit Tracker Chicago.

When police cornered the robber outside Bennison's Bakery around 3:20 p.m. the shop was full of customers, according to employee Angelina Mueller.

Mueller said she saw police officers running past the bakery, then watched as they lined up with their guns pointing at the suspect, who was backed up against the wall just past the shop windows.

Mueller and another employee locked the doors, and everyone in the store crouched down as they heard the shots ring out, she said.

While Mueller said she wasn't scared for her life, she said the experience was definitely "a little traumatizing."

Mueller said the store had to shut down briefly because it was part of the crime scene, but had reopened as of 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5 p.m. to include more information from police.
el debarge December 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM
VERY WELL DONE EPD Thanks!
Tantor December 16, 2013 at 06:32 PM
When guns are outlawed, only outlaws, like this guy, will have guns.
Mildred December 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
What would Karen have done?
IllinoisLibertarian December 16, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Nice job EPD! Sounds like it was handled very professionally especially with all the civilians around.
Mark Severin December 16, 2013 at 07:27 PM
If guns were outlawed, maybe this guy would have had to rob a bank with a steak knife. I was in Bennison's buying a danish when this all happened. I could not see the suspect but I saw the officers, heard them repeatedly call for the suspect to drop his gun, then shots were fired. Based on my very partial view the EPD acted correctly. But to say of the death of another human being "Nice job..." I know they would much rather have taken him alive. Imagine though the desperation that, surrounded by 12 or more armed police, with no where to run, you decide death is a better option than surrender? I in no way condone robbing banks, but I still feel some pity for a fellow human driven to such desperation. Glad EPD was on the scene, glad they were unharmed. Still a sad day.
IllinoisLibertarian December 16, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Sorry Mark I guess I should have put: "nice job EPD for killing another human being." I was referring to how the police handled the situation, but you can assume what you want. . Yeah, I too would feel pity for a person who could have killed a police officer or an innocent by stander. (sarcasm alert) . If guns were outlawed how would you protect yourself from the person coming at you with a steak knife? Ninja skills?
NS December 16, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Seriously evanston, this is where we should be raising our families?
Mildred December 16, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Seems many people think the answer to people using guns is to pass a law banning them. HATE TO TELL THEM BUT ITS NOT THAT EASY.
Tantor December 16, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Perhaps to stop bad people from getting guns it is as easy as stopping people from buying and selling heroin, cocaine, the synthetics, etc. or stopping bad people from beating other people to death, or killing or maiming them with bats etc. That is why in England some progressive MP's are thinking about banning knives, since bad people are using knives for killing people, including some Muslims who killed an unarmed British solider on the street during the day with the sun out.
IllinoisLibertarian December 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Tantor- Only ban the steak knives. Just the steak knives. The ones with the black synthetic grips.
Dan December 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I am deeply saddened for the loss of life. However, disturbed people wish to take advantage of all that is so very subtle and gorgeous about Evanston. Unfortunately some people walking around think they have a lien on the street and some walking around think they have complete equity in the businesses they work. So the criminals think Evanston is a place they can work their craft. Let this man be an example that weather primitive or sophisticated, Evanston is united in its people's quest to fight crime. No one will sell drugs, steal hard earned after tax money, kill people senselessly, bully or commit crimes and expect to go unnoticed. Law enforcement is subtle and kind in Evanston, a shocking and wonderful reality, however, they will serve and protect and if they need to kill individuals that brandish weapons in their bizarre quest to assert their control and terror, they, the perpetrators, are playing a game of roulette. Law enforcement will use overwhelming force because they want to go home to their loved ones and want people in Evanston to be safe and free of gun wielding persons. Our hard earned after tax dollars......no one has a right through any means to take it with a the use of a gun as if we are push overs. Let it be a lesson that Evanston is strong and here to stay!!!!!!
IllinoisLibertarian December 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Well said Dan!
Andrew Theodore December 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM
If only they would outlaw bank robbing, none of this would have happened... On a serious note though, I feel sorry for the police officers who had to do this. Shooting a person, even when they're an immediate danger to yourself and the community, is never a pleasant thing to do.
Jordan S. Zoot December 17, 2013 at 06:21 AM
EPD did a proper and professional job and the bank robber is dead and they are to be congratulated. There should be no grief over the his death....he made the choices to rob the bank and not put down the weapons....would the liberals prefer some dead bystanders or a dead police officer? Its the same thing with the local vermin that use a handgun to rob someone of their iPhone.....a citizen with a concealed carry permit that is in fear of sustaining great bodily harm would be justified in shooting the to stop a robbery and if they wound up dead on the sidewalk...that would be a choice they made. Get over it people.
sandymevan2003 December 17, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Forget the gun debate. Why didn't the police Taser the bank robber instead of shooting him with a gun?
Jordan S. Zoot December 17, 2013 at 09:57 AM
If an aggressor has a firearm and is ordered to drop it the proper response when an individual is in fear of being subjected to force which could cause death or great bodily harm is to use deadly force to stop them. The police shot him to stop the threat, not to kill him. He alone is responsible for his death based upon his choice of actions.
RM December 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Does it really take almost a dozen police to shoot one man? This is embarrassing, Evanston. @Jordan above, multiple gunfires on one man are indeed to kill him.
Sari December 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Tasers send out fishhook-like probes. You have to be close enough to use one, and if the offender has a gun, you don't want to move closer to him. Shootng him in the leg would seem to be preferable, no? He was a young guy. I'm sorry that he was so desperate that his actions caused him to lose his life. I think we need to bring back "beat cops" who patrol the area. There was an attempted rape two blocks away last Saturday night.
Jordan S. Zoot December 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM
RM what do you expect to happen in the situation where someone draws the gun should the police ask for a time out and try to agree with regard to whom would be the one to shoot......that is nothing short of absurd. Further to your point, the training is shooting to stop, law enforcement [and civilian self defense training] is about STOPPING AN ATTACK NOT KILLING. If you pick up any training manual, that is clear.
Jordan S. Zoot December 17, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Sari....the LE training is ALWAYS to shoot for the center of mass which is usually the torso.....if that doesn't work, the next aim is higher in the center of mass, e.g. the head. There is nothing in the LE training or civilian self defense which teaches to use a "warning shot", "shooting to wound", or aiming for an extremity. To repeat what I have said previously the goal is shooting to STOP the attacker. Thats what the training is and for good reason..
IllinoisLibertarian December 17, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Forget the taser and gun debate why didn't the police officers use ping pong paddles? You don't bring a taser to a gun fight.
el debarge December 17, 2013 at 05:50 PM
This gent wont be bothering anyone else including you RM. You should be grateful not embarrassed as you may have been his next victim. He played cops and robbers and lost receiving swift justice. No further taxpayer expense for public defender, trial, prison housing, etc. Curious to see his criminal history.
Grumpy Old Man December 18, 2013 at 07:54 AM
I love it. I guess we should live by the motto of "One riot One Ranger." Anytime there is a bank robber or someone else with a gun send one police officer per person with a gun. Thus only two officers should respond to Bonnie and Clyde. How ridiculous can you get. Taser? Why not a bean bag? Or throw a net over them. Why not just let them go? It's just money. We can revoke all laws making armed robbery a crime and invite the thugs to form a robber's union. Pension plans and all. Or maybe just pass a law requiring you to walk down the street offering all you have to anyone who wants it. After all, these robbers are just socially and economically disadvantaged or oppressed? Right, Bobby Rush (by the way where is all of that money Bobby?)
Jordan S. Zoot December 18, 2013 at 08:30 AM
The robber made a choice to pull out a firearm and threaten the police with it. They did NOT have a choice to defend themselves. I hope no one thinks for a minute that they wanted to shoot someone and take a life. No one looks forward to have to defend themselves....its unfortunate that it has become a necessity and that the level of violent criminal activity in Evanston seems to have increased substantially.
fred December 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Less a story about guns, than a story about sound police work. Hey, police need guns. Similar to that of a taxi driver who needs a road map or a working GPS. Tools of the trade, ya know.
Grumpy Old Man December 20, 2013 at 07:38 AM
If guns were outlawed maybe he'd have to use a knife. That is a paraphrase. I guess some people didn't bother to hone up on their facts. Guns were outlawed in Chicago, Morton Grove, Evanston if I recall correctly, and other communities so the liberals could pat themselves on the back with more nonsensical ineffective laws. Funny, guns were still used to commit crimes. Lots of crimes. Being liberals the outlawing of guns was to protect the thugs and the gang bangers, the poor socially and economically oppressed from the evil greedy capitalists and their gestapo police protectors (police could carry guns because the liberals wanted protection for themselves). This thug got what he asked for. Wholly preventable by himself. First, he need not have chosen to commit a crime. Second, he could have chosen to commit one which didn't require or in which he didn't use a gun or other deadly weapon. Third, he didn't drop the gun when confronted. He made a choice and he and he alone from the facts presented is wholly responsible for that choice and the results which followed. These officers did exactly what they were trained to do, hired to do, and what we as citizens expect them to do. They confronted an armed robber, ordered him to drop his weapon and fired when he did not. They had no duty to unnecessarily risk their lives (I say unnecessarily because every time they go on duty or confront an armed suspect they risk their lives), risk the lives of civilians in the area (bullets travel a good distance and go through glass and thin doors) or allow this suspect to go free to endanger the public. The vast majority of police officers who actually have to use their weapons and take the life of another are affected by that choice and some encounter grave psychological problems as a result. I expect that the Evanston Police Department provides them with resources to deal with their use of deadly force (and indeed many police departments require officers to undergo psychological counseling after having shot someone). Hopefully they will suffer no lasting impairment (just look at the numbers of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq before them - of course much more violence involved - with serious post traumatic stress disorder and their suicide rates). Happy Holidays to them and their families.
IllinoisLibertarian December 20, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Be careful Grumpy Dude, I know a lot of liberals who are very progun and are gun enthusiasts. However, this area of Illinois (specifically Northern Cook County) has a very dysfunctional view of firearms.
Grumpy Old Man December 20, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Critique acknowledged and accepted. I was a little hyperbolic as I sometimes get.

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