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Officer shot, gunman killed in Arlington Heights standoff

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A gunman who allegedly shot an Arlington Heights police officer was shot and killed by police after he barricaded himself in a home and held a woman hostage in northwest suburban Arlington Heights Thursday night.

The injured officer, a 20-year veteran, was shot in the "facial" area while responding to a domestic incident in the 1900 block of Windham Court, Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Andrew Whowell said.

The alleged gunman, identified as Eric M. Anderson, 41, of Niles, was pronounced dead at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights at 11:02 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy conducted Friday found that he died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide, the medical examiner's office said.

"I would surmise it was a domestic incident. I don't know the specifics," Whowell said.

Other police officers were able to pull the injured officer out of the home, and he was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The officer was in critical condition, Whowell said.

Whowell said the alleged gunman is someone known to the police department.

Officers shot the man after they forced their way into the home, the commander said. Reporters at the scene heard what sounded like three gunshots before 11 p.m. as the hostage standoff came to a close.

The woman who had been taken hostage was not injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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