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Wounded Arlington Heights officer expected to recover

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Authorities say the suburban Chicago police officer shot in the face when he responded to a domestic dispute call is expected to make a full recovery.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, police said Arlington Heights Police Officer Michael McEvoy survived Thursday night’s shooting in large part because his fellow officers dragged him from the scene. And he received immediate first aid from a firefighter who happened to be visiting family nearby.

Police Commander Andrew Whowell said the gunman was fatally shot by police after he pointed a gun at officers. The estranged girlfriend he was holding hostage was not injured. He was identified as 41-year-old Eric Anderson of nearby Niles.

McEvoy was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he underwent two surgeries overnight.

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