ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - SWAT team officers in Illinois shot and killed a man who had allegedly shot a police officer and then barricaded himself in a home holding a woman hostage late Thursday, reports CBS Chicago.
Police say it all began around 7 p.m. Thursday when 41-year-old Eric Anderson showed up at a home in Arlington Hills looking for his 39-year-old estranged girlfriend. The girlfriend had an order of protection against Anderson, and when he showed up with a gun, she called police, reports the station.
Officer Michael McEvoy, a 23-year-veteran with the Arlington Hills Police
Dept., was dispatched to the scene and was allegedly shot in the neck by
Anderson when he arrived. Anderson then barricaded himself inside the home with
Other responding officers were able to get McEvoy to safety and transported to a hospital. He underwent surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and was listed in stable condition Friday morning, according to the station.
Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Andrew Whowell said it wasn’t until two hours later that Anderson exited the home and confronted police. Whowell said Anderson “pointed a firearm at officers, at which time members of the Emergency Services Team fired shots, striking him multiple times.”
Anderson was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where he was pronounced dead at 11:02 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The woman who was taken hostage was not injured, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Police say Anderson had been arrested several times in the past for weapons offenses.