911 Calls Depict Intense Standoff in Arlington Heights

"If anybody comes down here, that's it," gunman Eric Anderson told polic

By Phil Rogers
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:19 PM CDT
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Police on Monday released the 911 calls from last week's deadly standoff in Arlington Heights. Phil Rogers reports.

Police on Monday released the 911 calls from last week's deadly standoff in Arlington Heights. Phil Rogers reports.

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The 911 calls released from last week's intense and deadly standoff in Arlington Heights depict ominous warnings from the gunman to police, even after an officer was wounded.

"If anybody comes down here, that's it," Eric Anderson told police. "Any tear gas, anything. I've already shot a cop. I'm not afraid to shoot her."

Anderson shot arriving police officer Michael McEvoy and wounded him in the neck. McEvoy had been the first officer to respond to the scene last Thursday in the 1900 block of Windham Court for a report of a domestic dispute.

Assisting officers found McEvoy and dragged him to safety as slow, tense negotiations with Anderson, who was holding a woman hostage inside the home, began.

"Is she OK?" police asked Anderson after he told them he had a hostage.

"Yes she is fine," he said, telling them he had not shot her.

The woman who had been taken hostage managed to send a text message to her father. He called police, offering guidance about where the gunman was and what he was doing.

"He has a couch in front of the door to the basement and he's standing by it."

Terrified residents also summoned help, and investigators knew they were facing a desperate situation.

"He has a restraining order against him and he came in here and he won't let us alone," one resident said. "Oh, please hurry!"

The standoff lasted hours. In the end, Anderson was shot and killed by police as he attempted to run from the house to a garage about two hours after the standoff began. The wounded officer remained in intensive care Monday.

It was the first on-duty shooting in Arlington Heights in more than 30 years.

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