It’s still unclear why the investigators of a detective’s fatal shooting of a robbery suspect and representatives of the Will County State’s Attorney were not at a public meeting last week to answer residents’ questions about the killing.
Joliet city and police officials held a meeting May 16 to discuss the outcome of the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force investigation and state’s attorney’s office review of Detective Aaron Bandy’s fatal shooting of Bruce Carter on Feb. 6.
Carter was suspected of robbing First Midwest Bank in Joliet on the same day. Bandy and another detective went to Carter’s home as a follow-up to the investigation of the robbery.
Bandy reportedly shot Carter when he sprang at him while holding a utility knife, according to State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s letter on the results of the task force investigation.
Video released by Joliet police appeared to show Carter robbing the bank by handing a teller a note that demanded money and grabbing cash from a drawer.
While police officials were able to answer some questions about the fatal shooting by referring Glasgow’s letter, they weren’t able to answer other questions residents had because they only had information from the letter.
One resident asked at the meeting why Glasgow did not appear.
“I don’t know,” Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said.
Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney, task force chairman Ken Kroll and O’Dekirk failed to return calls Tuesday.
City officials indicated to residents that more public meetings would be held when Glasgow and the task force release additional information.