Manhunt continues after police officer shot and killed north of Chicago – Washington Post
Police in Fox Lake, Ill., are searching for three suspects after an officer was fatally shot on Tuesday while he was in pursuit of the men for suspicious activity. (Reuters)
Local and federal authorities were scouring northern Illinois on Tuesday after a police officer was shot and killed near Chicago.
A police officer in Fox Lake, Ill., had radioed shortly before 8 a.m. that he was on foot chasing three suspicious subjects, Chris Covelli, a Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman said during a news conference.
Covelli said that a short time later, after contact with the officer was lost, another officer found him with a gunshot wound.
Authorities identified the slain officer as Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was known to his friends as “G.I. Joe.”
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“This should never happen,” Thomas Poulos, a retired Waukegan police officer who said he went to high school with Gliniewicz, told the Chicago Tribune. “Joey just loved his job.”
The airspace immediately over the manhunt was shut down by the Federal Aviation Administration at the request of the Fox Lake Police Department, an FAA spokeswoman said. It went into effect shortly after 1:30 p.m. local time. The FAA’s restriction says no flights can operate under 3,000 feet above the ground level where the search is taking place.
Fox Lake, a small village with about 10,000 residents, is a little more than an hour north of downtown Chicago. A school in the area that had already resumed classes for the new school year was locked down at the request of the local police.
“Grant Community High School is currently in a lockdown at the request of the Fox Lake Police Department,” the school said in a statement online. “A police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down.”
The school added that all students and staff were safe, saying it was locked down until the police told them otherwise.
One of the stations on the Metra commuter rail system was closed due to the search. Metra said that it had closed the Ingleside station on the Milwaukee District North line, which runs …Read More