Newly obtained recording gives an inside perspective minutes after an armed robbery

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There is another side of the story in the Eddie Russell Jr. investigation.

Through a Freedom of Information Request, WMBD obtained the 911 call made by a First Mid-Illinois bank and trust teller.

In a shaky voice, she described the details after she said she was robbed by Russell. 

Hours later, police surround his home on Sheffield, and after hours of negotiation, officers shot Russell as they say he walked aggressively out of the home toward them with a gun.

In the call, the teller described everything from Russell’s appearance, to the comments he made when she said he asked for the money.

“He said, ‘yeah I’m going to need all your money,’ and at first I thought it was a joke,” the bank teller said on the call. “I turned away and he had a gun in his hand.”

The officers involved in Russell’s shooting were placed on leave but eventually deemed
justified by the Peoria County States Attorney.

The officers now face a lawsuit from Russell’s family. 

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