Manhunt Continues for Three Wanted in Murder of Illinois Police Officer – NBCNews.com
Federal, state and local authorities used helicopters, search dogs and ground teams as an intensive search continued late Tuesday for three suspects wanted in the murder of an Illinois police officer earlier in the day.
Fox Lake police Lt. Joseph 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.
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.
Several area schools announced classes would be closed Wednesday.
“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 Tuesday afternoon. “Residents in here knew him as G.I. Joe, and remember him as someone deeply committed to Fox Lake,” Schmit said.
Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Scott Olson / Getty Images
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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 search included 48 police dog units and six air units, the sheriff’s office said. 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 rather than let residents do it themselves, The Associated Press reported.
Police officers and SWAT teams in camouflage scoured the heavily wooded area as helicopters conducted a search from the sky.
Fox Lake Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz Lake County Sheriff’s Office
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