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Fatal Arlington Heights standoff

A police officer is wounded and a suspected gunman is killed during a stand-off and hostage situation in Arlington Heights.

Police responded to a call of a 41-year-old man with a gun around 6:50 p.m. Thursday. That man has been identified as Eric M. Anderson of Niles.

 

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The 911 calls have been released of a conversation a suspect had with Arlington Heights police before the suspect was killed.
41 year-old Eric Anderson was threatening his girlfriend with a gun inside her mother’s home last Thursday night in the 1900 block of Windham Court..
Veteran officer Michael McEvoy was first to make contact with Anderson, and was shot in the jaw.
Right after Anderson shot officer McEvoy, Anderson called 911.
Anderson was later killed when he pointed a gun at officers.
“We’re expecting him to make a full recovery, although it will be a long recovery,” said Arlington Heights Police Commander Andrew Whowell.

A police officer is wounded and a suspected gunman is killed during a stand-off and hostage situation in Arlington Heights.

Police responded to a call of a 41-year-old man with a gun around 6:50 p.m. Thursday. That man has been identified as Eric M. Anderson of Niles.

When officers tried to enter the townhome in the 1900 block of Windham Court, they were met with gunfire. A 20-year-verteran of the Arlington Police Department who was first inside the home was shot in the neck.

He was safely removed from the house and transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he underwent surgery overnight. The wounded officer is in critical, but stable condition. His identity has not been released.

Police soon learned the shooter barricaded himself inside the home and was holding a woman hostage. The woman’s relation to the suspect is unclear.

Dozens of officers and a SWAT team were called in for back up. They surrounded the area and blocked off streets northwest of Arlington Heights and Palatine roads.

Police tried to persuade the gunman to surrender peacefully. But when he didn’t, the SWAT team forced their way inside and shot the man around 10:30 p.m.

“A stand-off occurred in which a 41-year-old gunman took a hostage in the house. They entered negotiations with the NIPAS emergency services team, which is the SWAT team here,” Commander Andrew Whowell told reporters last night, “subsequently that just ended when the gunman was shot.”

The shooter died from his wounds. He was pronounced dead at Northwest Community Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The hostage was freed and uninjured. She was taken to a hospital for observation.

Evidence technicians remained on the scene  in the Arlington Heights neighborhood Friday morning.

Arlington police are expected to reveal more details about the ordeal today.

Police say they have had prior contact with the suspected gunman and this appears to be a domestic case.

 

A police officer is wounded and a suspected gunman is killed during a stand-off and hostage situation in Arlington Heights.

Police responded to a call of a 41-year-old man with a gun around 6:50 p.m. Thursday. That man has been identified as Eric M. Anderson of Niles.

When officers tried to enter the townhome in the 1900 block of Windham Court, they were met with gunfire. A 20-year-verteran of the Arlington Police Department who was first inside the home was shot in the neck.

He was safely removed from the house and transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he underwent surgery overnight. The wounded officer is in critical, but stable condition. His identity has not been released.

Police soon learned the shooter barricaded himself inside the home and was holding a woman hostage. The woman’s relation to the suspect is unclear.

Dozens of officers and a SWAT team were called in for back up. They surrounded the area and blocked off streets northwest of Arlington Heights and Palatine roads.

Police tried to persuade the gunman to surrender peacefully. But when he didn’t, the SWAT team forced their way inside and shot the man around 10:30 p.m.

“A stand-off occurred in which a 41-year-old gunman took a hostage in the house. They entered negotiations with the NIPAS emergency services team, which is the SWAT team here,” Commander Andrew Whowell told reporters last night, “subsequently that just ended when the gunman was shot.”

The shooter died from his wounds. He was pronounced dead at Northwest Community Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The hostage was freed and uninjured. She was taken to a hospital for observation.

Evidence technicians remained on the scene  in the Arlington Heights neighborhood Friday morning.

Arlington police are expected to reveal more details about the ordeal today.

Police say they have had prior contact with the suspected gunman and this appears to be a domestic case.

A SWAT team stormed an Arlington Heights home late Thursday night and shot a 41-year-old gunman suspected of shooting a police officer and taking one person hostage, authorities said.

The freed hostage was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for observation, authorities said.

The injured officer, a 20-year veteran of the department, was in critical condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, although his condition was believed to have been stabilized, an Arlington Heights police commander said in a news conference at the scene. The alleged gunman’s condition was not immediately released.

The officer’s family was with him at the hospital, and he was in surgery just before 10 p.m., police said. The officer is a man, Mayor Thomas Hayes said.

The officer was shot in the neck when police first responded to a call of a man with a gun about 6:50 p.m. in the 1900 block of Windham Court in the northwest suburb, Cmdr. Andrew Whowell said in a news conference just before 9 p.m. The man had one woman in the townhome, and she was being considered a hostage, he said.

The officer was the first to try to enter the townhome and was shot while going in, Whowell said.

“Responding officers that were with him were able to pull him out of the residence, to safety,” Whowell said, adding that police have identified the gunman, but were not immediately releasing that information.

Police were communicating with the gunman, and trying to get him to surrender peacefully, Whowell said.

Police shot out streetlights in the area for tactical purposes, “so if you hear gunfire, that’s what that was,” Whowell said.

Dozens of officers, many in SWAT gear, surrounded the residential area where the shooting took place.

The neighborhood of townhouses is just northwest of Arlington Heights and Palatine roads.

Marla Futterman, said she had been dining at a nearby restaurant when officers entered the restaurant and told workers there that an officer had been shot and that the eatery should lock its doors.

A large stretch of Palatine Road was blocked off, and multiple squad cars from several different suburban communities were parked along the median along Palatine Road and are staging in the area.

-Chicago Tribune report

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