Manhunt Continues for Slain Fox Lake, Illinois, Police Officer – NBCNews.com
As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.
Helicopters were to aid about 100 officers early Wednesday as the manhunt in and around the village of Fox Lake for the suspects the fatal shooting of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz stretched toward a second day, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Authorities from across the state and region poured into the village about 60 miles north of Chicago after the shooting Tuesday morning, some wearing tactical gear and toting high-powered rifles.
Federal agencies, SWAT teams and 48 police dogs assisted in the search for the suspects, Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli told The Associated Press.
Gliniewicz, 52, a 30-year veteran and father of four young boys, was found fatally shot after reporting that he was chasing on foot three male suspects engaged in suspicious activity shortly before 8 a.m.
His body was found in a marshy area, authorities said. The officer’s weapon and pepper spray were missing.
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The initial search focused on an area of 2 square miles and lasted for 14 hours, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said late Tuesday. The perimeter was released at around 10 p.m. and the scene was turned over to a task force, the sheriff’s office said. Patrols were continuing around Fox Lake.
“Today, not only did Fox Lake lose a family member — I lost a really dear friend,” Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference. “Residents in here knew him as G.I. Joe, and remember him as someone deeply committed to Fox Lake,” Schmit said.
Fox Lake Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Illinois State Police said several teams, including SWAT and air operations, were helping in the manhunt Tuesday night. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were also assisting.
The suspects are described as two white men and one black man. Hundreds of police officers were involved in the manhunt Tuesday,
NBC Chicago reported. The men are believed to be armed with a pistol, Lake County sheriff’s Chief Doug Larsson told the station.
In and around Fox Lake, a community of 10,000 about 60 miles north of Chicago, residents were asked to stay indoors. Police have even taken people’s dogs outside to relieve themselves …Read More