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Three suspects who shot and killed a 30-year veteran of the Fox Lake, Ill. police force were searched overnight without success by Dozens of police officers.

On Tuesday, at approximately 8 a.m., Lt. Charles Joseph “Joe” Gliniewicz, 52, was shot after he radioed in to tell dispatchers he was chasing three men on foot in Fox Lake. Soon after the communication with him was lost. Gliniewicz was shot near U.S. Highway 12 in a marshy area, a main road through the village near the Wisconsin border of about 10,000 people population and about 55 miles northwest of Chicago as founded by colleagues who responded.

At the scene itself, he was pronounced dead.

Gliniewicz’s gun was found nearby as told to the Chicago Tribune by Raymond Rose, Lake County Undersheriff.

He added that with “limited descriptions” of the suspects searchers were working, as three males, one black and two white, who should be treated as dangerous and armed.

There were about 100 officers, who were searching the area overnight through helicopters, as said by sheriff’s office spokesman.

Due to the ongoing manhunt, several schools in the area announced that they would be closed Wednesday meanwhile.

In order to show their support for law enforcement officers, dozens gathered for hours along a street in the village, as the search went on.

“Police Lives Matter “sign was held by Thirty-year-old Dan Raminick.

A 22-year-old student Caitlyn Kelly said that after other recent police shootings, she was feeling compelled to come out. A sign that said “Blue and Brave” was being held by her.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said, On Tuesday, Authorities wearing tactical gear and toting high-powered rifles from across the state and region poured into Fox Lake throughout the day. SWAT teams, Federal agencies and 48 police dogs assisted in the search for the suspects.

Positions will be taken up by the Officers, along railroad tracks, on rooftops, scanning the terrain with rifle scopes and binoculars. Others leaned out of helicopters with weapons at the ready. Residents were urged to stay indoors. The local commuter train service was halted.

The slain officer who was a father of four sons, was as a personal friend of Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit and a three-decade member of the department.

Schmit said, “We lost a family member. His commitment to the people of this community has been unmatched and will be dearly missed.”

“This particular officer is a pillar in my community and definitely going to be missed, and (he) touched so many lives,” as said by Gina Maria, a 40-year-old teacher.

According to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, this year Gliniewicz’s death is the third law enforcement fatality in Illinois.
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