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Man killed after taking Crystal Lake woman hostage, police say

A Crystal Lake woman held hostage by her former boyfriend at her mother's Arlington Heights home had filed a complaint against him less than a week earlier, Crystal Lake police said.

Eric M. Anderson, 41, of Niles was out on bond when he was killed Thursday evening by police after a hostage situation in which one police officer was shot in the face.

Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy, 52, was the first to respond to a call of a man inside a home in the 1900 block of Windham Court and was shot once by Anderson, in the face, according to a news release from the Arlington Heights Police Department.

Anderson had gone to the house to see a former girlfriend, the release said. The woman and her mother were there.

The mother was able to escape before McEvoy was shot, but the Crystal Lake woman was held hostage for several hours while police talked to Anderson on the phone, the release said.

Anderson came outside into the garage with his former girlfriend just before 11 p.m. and raised his gun, pointing it at the police officers, the release said. Police fired three shots, hitting Anderson.

Anderson was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where he was later pronounced dead, the release said. McEvoy is in stable condition, and neither woman was injured.

Anderson had been charged with two counts of electronic harassment Dec. 8 for continuing to call and send text messages and emails to a former girlfriend after she asked him to stop, Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said.

He voluntarily came to the police department after an officer contacted him and consented to an interview, Dziewior said. After his arrest, he posted 10 percent of the bond, $150, on the two misdemeanor charges.

Both departments declined to release the name of the Crystal Lake woman or her mother.

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