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Details slowly emerging after suspect was shot and killed in Romeoville Bank standoff – NBC Chicago

New details are slowly emerging after a suspect was fatally shot by police after a standoff at a suburban bank on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say an armed suspect who entered a bank in Romeoville on Tuesday was shot and killed by a Will County SWAT officer.

The suspect had briefly held hostages inside the bank after entering the business with a weapon just after 3.30pm on Tuesday, police said. Eyewitnesses said he fired several bullets inside and asked to speak to police when he entered.

Police negotiators managed to convince the suspect to release the eight hostages who were being held inside the building.

“Officers were able to communicate with the individual, who allowed the hostages inside the business to exit to the waiting officers,” Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Brant Hromadka said.

Some time later, the sound of a single gunshot pierced the air.

“Next thing you know, I hear a bang,” said eyewitness Keith Lonask.

“Everyone ducked away,” added eyewitness Lisa Coleman.

The suspect was hit by a single shot fired by a SWAT officer and was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still unclear about the suspect’s motive and say it appears the suspect had no intention of robbing the bank.

Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting involving an officer and the FBI is assisting in the investigation, authorities say.

After the shooting, residents and witnesses expressed shock at the incident that rocked the community on Tuesday.

“There’s never anything going on here but the traffic,” said eyewitness Lisa Coleman. “So it’s out of the ordinary for anyone who lives here.”

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