Des Plaines Police Officer Successfully Neutralizes Armed Robber; Chicago Police Say Des Plaines Police Officer Acted Properly


Des Plaines police shot and killed a robbery suspect who had shot a Chicago Police officer, but also accidentally shot a 15-year-old boy inside a music school. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports.

Chicago police say a Des Plaines police officer, who shot and killed an armed bank robber and unintentionally struck an innocent bystander with one of his shots, acted properly. The armed bank robber had shot and seriously wounded a 46 year-old Chicago police officer, and was pointing his weapon at the Des Plaines police officer, when he was shot multiple times and killed near the front door of a music school where a student was in class for a piano lesson.

The injured bystander was shot in the arm and upper torso. The Lane Tech College Prep High School is expected to survive.

The dead bank robber’s identity was released by authorities today. The dead armed robber was identified as Christopher Terrell Willis — a dangerous repeat offender who was out on bond. Willis had a criminal history of violent crime as far back as 2004 when he was a resident of Country Club Hills with allegations of attempted armed robbery, attempted carjacking, attempted aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Willis was one of two bank robbers who robbed the Bank of America on Oakton Street in Des Plaines about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday November 19, 2019. The other bank robber was captured as he fled on foot. However, Willis eluded police and eventually hijacked a motorist’s white Buick Lacrosse, and drove toward Chicago just before 7:00 p.m. The police pursuit with the violent ending occurred on Irving Park Road near Lowell Avenue in Chicago.


CARDINAL NEWS | Bank Robbery at Des Plaines Bank of America Results in Police Pursuit, CPD Officer Shot, 15 Yr-Old Music Student Shot, and Suspect Shot Dead

Christopher Terrell Willis, dead bank robber who shot a Chicago officer in the head during a police pursuit
Christopher Terrell Willis, dead bank robber who shot a Chicago officer in the head during a police pursuit during the last minutes of his life.



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