Romeoville

Suspect Dead After Being Shot by Police During Standoff at Romeoville Bank

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Police in suburban Romeoville say that a suspect is dead after he allegedly carried a weapon into a bank and held hostages on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Romeoville police, the suspect was shot by a Will County SWAT officer, and was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect had briefly held hostages, but had released them prior to the shooting, according to authorities.

According to police at Lewis University, the Romeoville Police Department were “involved with a critical incident” at a Fifth Third Bank location in the 200 block of Weber Road.

Authorities say that an armed man entered the bank at approximately 3:40 p.m. and demanded to speak to police. Eyewitnesses said that multiple shots were fired, but it does not appear that any victims were hit by gunfire.

The suspect spoke to police a short time later, and released hostages that had been held inside the bank.

During the stand-off, Will County SWAT officers took over perimeter positions from Romeoville police. After that occurred, police encountered the suspect and a single shot was fired by a SWAT officer, Romeoville police said.

That shot struck the suspect, and he was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation of the officer-involved shooting, but no further details were immediately available.

Police say that the incident does not appear to be a bank robbery at this time.

In addition to local law enforcement, the FBI also responded to the scene, but forwarded all requests for comment to police.

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