The 25-year-old armed robbery suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday was shot approximately “17 to 20 times,” according to the Peoria Police Department and Peoria County Coroner.
Six police officers who fired their weapons were placed on critical incident leave, the department confirmed in a release on Friday.
The killing of Eddie Russell Jr. is being investigated by Illinois State Police. Russell Jr. was shot by members of the department’s Special Response Team outside a family home on the 2800 block of Sheffield Wednesday afternoon.
Police say he robbed First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust near the Sterling and Forrest Hill shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. According to police, he had a gun when he robbed the bank and pointed it at the teller. He later went to a family home, where a stand-off with police ensued.
During the hours-long standoff with police, officers attempted to make contact using a bullhorn, phone and family. Around 3:45 p.m., police say Russell emerged from the home and “aggressively advanced” toward officers with a handgun. Russell was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, the gun Russell was armed with during the shooting matched the description of the gun believed to be used during the earlier bank robbery. A handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Jerry Mitchell said that at the time he believed, “five to six shots were fired … from five to six separate officers.” The Peoria Police Department says it is standard procedure for officers to be placed on leave under this circumstance.
Chief Mitchell says none of the officers involved wore a body camera.