911 tapes released after gunman dead, officer shot in Arlington Heights standoff

December 16, 2013 (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.)

The tapes detail how Eric Anderson, 41, barricaded himself in a home and held his ex-girlfriend hostage in northwest suburban Arlington Heights Thursday night.


Arlington Heights Police Officer Michael McEvoy, 52, was shot after he entered the home.

The tapes reveal an apparently desperate man who threatened to kill anyone who didn't do what he said. Eight calls surrounding that incident were made, and it all ended with an ex-girlfriend held hostage for two hours, an officer shot and the gunmen dead.

911 Caller: Oh my God, he is shooting again.
Dispatcher: Who is he shooting at?
Caller: I don't know, he is shooting at my girlfriend's daughter, please hurry. I don't know what he's doing to her.
Dispatcher: Is anybody hurt?
Caller: I don't know.

This call was made by a neighbor who told the dispatcher the shooter threatened to kill all three women in the house including his ex-girlfriend and her mother. Officer Michael McEvoy was shot in the chin as he entered the home in the 1900-block of Windham Court.

Dispatcher: Whats your emergency?
Caller: I just shot a cop.
Dispatcher: Tell me what your name is.
Caller: Eric Anderson.
Dispatcher: Where in the house are you?
Caller: I'm in the basement and if anybody comes in I will shoot them.

The standoff ended after police shot and killed Anderson. This all happened when police tried to intervene in a domestic situation with the gunman and his ex-girlfriend. The recordings also reveal that the hostage was able to text her father in Las Vegas who called police with her message.

When the hostage was freed her father thanked authorities. Police say she had broken up with Anderson in November and was granted an order of protection. She was not injured.

Officer Michael McEvoy remains in intensive care but is expected to make a full recovery.

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