The slain officer has been identified as Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz with the Fox Lake Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and four sons. Sources tell WGN he was supposed to retire last month. The chief of police asked him to stay on for one more month, after 32-years of service.
Talking Points Memo Reports:
According to a report from Chicago station WGN, police are searching for three armed suspects, one black man and two white men, near Fox Lake, Ill, a township of 10,000 about an hour an a half outside of Chicago.
The officer was on a routine patrol around 8 a.m. CT when he went to investigate “suspicious activity,” a Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman said. The officer radioed that he was beginning a foot pursuit before communication was lost, the Chicago Tribune reported. The officer was found wounded when a backup officer arrived, and he died at the scene.
Lake County Detective Christopher Covelli declined to say how many times the officer had been shot during an interview on CNN. The network reported that the officer was a 32-year veteran of the force.
Officer are pursuing the suspects with helicopters and K-9 units. The FBI and U.S. marshals are also involved in the search.
A local high school was put on lockdown because of the manhunt, and service on Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line has also temporarily been suspended.