The fatal shooting of a 32-year veteran police officer who was on routine patrol duty has led to a massive manhunt north of Chicago.
Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot dead in Fox Lake near the Illinois-Wisconsin border a little before 8:00 a.m. Gliniewicz was pursuing the suspects, two white and one black, all armed and dangerous, after looking into their “suspicious activity.” According to CNN, Gliniewicz had sent word over radio about such, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. While the police lost contact with Gliniewicz, backup officers arrived at the scene and found the dead officer with a gunshot wound.
Gliniewicz, father of four children, was discovered in a marshy area. His gun and other equipment had been taken away by the suspects.
Gliniewicz served in the Army from 1980 until 2007, as reported by Northwest Herald. He left as a fire sergeant. He was also involved in the Fox Lake’s Explorer program, helping students who aspired to become police officers.
“He loved his community and loved his job, and he will be very sorely missed in this community,” Catherine “Kay” Starostovic, Grant Township supervisor, said.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were providing their assistance and cooperation in the investigation.
According to CBS News, Fox Lake Police asked that Grant Community High School in Fox Lake and St. Bede School in Ingleside be placed under lockdown as the manhunt continues. Gavin School District 57 said Gavin South Middle School and Gavin Central Elementary School were placed under soft lockdown. McHenry School District 15 said its six elementary schools and two high schools were also placed under soft lock down.
Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmidt said Gliniewicz was a “dear friend” and “a decorated police officer, a family man, and a dear friend for the entire village of Fox Lake.”
“Understandably, our officers are having a very difficult day,” Schmidt said.
Illinois Congresswoman Barbara Wheeler said in a statement, “As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake. I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now.
“Eleven police officers have needlessly lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”
The train schedules of the Milwaukee District/North Line, which finishes in Fox Lake, have been impacted as a result of the manhunt. The Ingleside station was closed down. The trains will continue to be affected as the manhunt continues.
People have been requested to stay indoors.
“We asked residents to report any suspicious activity they happen to see, whether they think it’s something minor or major and to keep an eye out for these three individuals,” Covelli said.
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