Less than a month after an Arlington Heights police officer was shot in the face while responding to a report of a domestic dispute in the Chicago suburb, the officer has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.
Officer Michael McEvoy, 52, with 23 years on the force, was the first one to respond to the scene around 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the 1900 block of Windham Court for a report of a domestic dispute. Officials said McEvoy entered the home and was confronted by an alleged gunman who shot him in the face near the entryway.
Assisting officers dragged McEvoy to safety while other officers surrounded the home and began slow, tense negotiations with the gunman, who was holding a 39-year-old woman hostage inside the home.
McEvoy was initially taken in critical condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in nearby Park Ridge, and his condition was later stabilized, officials said.
McEvoy remained in the surgical intensive care unit for several weeks but was recently released from the hospital and is "continuing his road to recovery at a private location," according to Captain Andrew Whowell.
McEvoy is expected to make a full recovery following a lengthy rehabilitation program, Whowell said.