Updated: Evanston police fatally shoot suspected bank robber

Ciara McCarthy, City Editor

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Police shot and killed an Evanston resident and suspected bank robber Monday afternoon in downtown Evanston, officials said.

Police identified the man Tuesday as Kevin Ross, 29.

Officers responded to a reported robbery at Chase Bank, 901 Grove St., after 3 p.m. Monday. A bank teller provided a description of the suspected robber, police said.

Evanston Police later saw Ross, who matched the teller’s description, nearby in the 1500 block of Maple Avenue. Officers ordered the Ross to stop and saw him holding a weapon. Ross refused to drop his weapon and was shot by “several officers,” police said.

Ross was transported to Evanston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 3:30 p.m., EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. A handgun and over $3,000 in cash taken during the robbery were found on his body, police said.

Officials also believe the man robbed a TCF Bank last week on the North Side of Chicago, according to law enforcement agencies’ Bandit Tracker Chicago website. Police said they are working with the FBI to determine Ross’ involvement in any other area crimes.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit and EPD’s Office of Professional Standards will handle the shooting investigation.

— Ciara McCarthy

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