UPDATE: The fallen officer has been identified as Charles J. Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the Fox Lake Police Department and married father of four. As of 4:05pm CST all three suspects are still on the loose.
Sept. 01–A Fox Lake police officer was shot and killed Tuesday morning, and a massive manhunt with dogs and helicopters was underway along Rollins Road in Lake County.
The officer was on routine patrol and radioed shortly before 8 a.m. that he was going to check on some suspicious activity, Lake County sheriff’s spokesman Chris Covelli said during a news conference late in the morning.
He then radioed that he was in a “foot pursuit” but communication was lost after that, Covelli said. Other units responded and found him shot at Route 12 and Sayton Road, he said.
The officer was found in a marshy area, stripped of his gun and other gear, Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose. He died at the scene, the undersheriff said.
Police have established a perimeter and are seeking one black male and two white males, Rose said.
“If (residents) see anybody in their area … that doesn’t belong or doesn’t look right, they should call 911,” he said.
Police, with the help of U.S. marshals, were searching woods and businesses in the area, authorities said.
Every law enforcement agency in the area, along with a regional SWAT team, was assisting, according to George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.
The search prompted officials at Grant Community High School to put the building on lockdown.
“Grant Community High School is currently in a lockdown at the request of the Fox Lake Police Department,” read a statement posted at grantbulldogs.org. “A police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down.”
Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line has also been shut down because of the search, the agency said.
Check back for updates.
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