ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – A gunman was fatally shot at a Romeoville bank on Tuesday after taking several hostages, police said.
At approximately 3:40 p.m., police responded to a branch of Fifth Third Bank, located at 275 S. Weber.
At a press conference Tuesday night, Romeoville police said the man was fatally shot by a Will County officer during the incident. At one point, several people were taken hostage, police said.
Witnesses told arriving officers that the suspect fired several shots inside the bank.
Before the man was shot, police said he was in contact with police and a social worker. He was pronounced dead in hospital.
“The suspect communicates with the police who are on the scene in the presence of a social worker and a negotiator. This is an isolated incident and does not appear to be a bank robbery at this stage,” officials said ahead of the press conference.
When SkyCam9 arrived on the scene, at least four to five people were seen leaving the bank, including one person running through the parking lot. Police said the man allowed the hostages to walk towards the officers.
“It will go down in the Romeoville history book,” said resident Lisa Coleman.
Authorities asked residents to avoid the Weber Road area between Airport and Taylor Road during the incident.
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