The Will County States Attorney’s Office released their findings in reference to the officer involved shooting of Bruce Carter, Jr. by Joliet Police Detective Aaron Bandy that occurred on February 6, 2019 at 213 Des Plaines Street. The shooting occurred during an investigation by the Joliet Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations of a bank robbery that occurred at approximately 9:30am that day at the federally insured First Midwest Bank, 1415 West Jefferson Street. There was $1,173 USC taken during the robbery, of which $875 was recovered in Bruce Carter’s possession. Based upon the review and analysis of the police reports, witness statements, forensic tests, fingerprint analysis, Illinois law concerning the use of deadly force and the force option continuum, Detective Aaron Bandy was clearly justified in the use of deadly force.
Chief Roechner stated “No officer ever wants to be in a situation where he must use deadly force to save his life and those lives around him. I am extremely thankful that Det. Bandy when forced to act was able act professionally, lawfully, and justifiably. As I stated from the beginning, it’s not good for anyone involved when reports are generated without the true facts. Today the facts have been released after a thorough and exhaustive investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force and a thorough review by the Will County States Attorney’s Office. Thank you States Attorney James Glasgow and your team for your integrity and impartial review. I also want to thank the public for their patience while the investigation and review could be completed.”
A video posted to our Facebook page shows the surveillance video of the robbery at the First Midwest Bank. The post can be reviewed at https://www.facebook.com/jolietpolice/.