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Will County State's Attorney's Office indicates Bruce Carter case still open

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request indicated there still was an “open investigation” related to a detective’s fatal shooting of a robbery suspect.

On May 8 and May 15, The Herald-News filed FOIA requests to the state’s attorney’s office seeking FBI reports, Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force reports and Joliet police reports on Detective Aaron Bandy’s fatal shooting of Bruce Carter, who was suspected of robbing the First Midwest Bank on West Jefferson Street on Feb. 6.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow sent a letter to Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner on May 7 saying Bandy’s shooting was justified based on evidence from the task force investigation and Illinois law on use of force.

The Herald-News also requested videos, photographs, transcripts, forensic evidence and medical records used in the investigation of the fatal shooting.

The state’s attorney’s office refused to release the records, claiming their disclosure would constitute an invasion of privacy and interfere with pending law enforcement proceedings.

“Law enforcement agencies involved in this matter have stated that they consider this matter ongoing and an open investigation. Accordingly, disclosure of any information at this point could likely interfere with ongoing law enforcement proceedings,” the state’s attorney’s office said.

It’s not clear if the investigation of the shooting or the robbery still is open. Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney did not respond to calls Wednesday about the FOIA response.

FBI Special Agent Siobhan Johnson refused to answer when asked if the FBI investigation of the robbery still was open.

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