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UPDATE: Bank robbery suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

(Updated 9:08 p.m.)

What started as a bank robbery at First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on North Sterling Avenue ended with the suspect's death.

Police say it all started around 12:49 p.m. today when officers were called to the bank at 3037 North Sterling Avenue after the suspect robbed a teller at gunpoint. After the robbery, the suspect ran toward a neighboring residential area.

Officers identified the suspect from bank surveillance footage. They then went to the 2800 block of West Sheffield to try to locate the suspect. Officers say they tried contacting him for more than 2 hours, utilizing a bullhorn, phone calls, and even trying to get family members to make contact with him.

But the situation took a turn for the worse when around 3:46 p.m. Police said the suspect "emerged from the residence and advanced towards officers with a gun." That's when the suspect was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He's been identified as 25-year-old Eddie Russell.

Because it's an officer-involved shooting, the Illinois State Police are now handling the investigation.

Members of the NAACP were at a press conference Wednesday evening.

They met privately with Chief Jerry Mitchell and said they are collecting facts now.

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