It’s an all-out manhunt for a group of suspicious men, suspected of killing an officer and taking his weapon. Helicopters, dogs and officers on foot are being used in the effort. Fox news senior correspondent Mike Tobin has the details. A massive search is underway in northern Illinois. Federal, state, and local agencies are on the hunt for the suspects believed to have shot and killed Lieutenant Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake county sheriff’s office. The 52-year-old officer died Tuesday morning after responding to a call in the small community about 55 miles north of Chicago. “Preliminary investigation indicates Fox Lake police lieutenant Joseph Gliniewicz had encountered three suspicious subjects.”
Officials say Lieutenant Gliniewicz, nicknamed G.I. Joe, was a 30-year veteran of the force. His life cut short when he encountered a trio of men who looked suspicious. “Lieutenant Gliniewicz informed communications he was in a foot pursuit, his communications then lost contact with him. When our first responding back up units arrived at the scene, they located lieutenant Gliniewicz injured with a gunshot wound.”
Police described the suspects as two white males and one black male. They are armed and dangerous, believed to have taken the officers weapon and other equipment.
Hundreds of cops searching by helicopter, and with the aid of police k-9 units, are canvassing the area for the suspects all while coming to terms with the loss of one of their own. “Our officers are having a very difficult day today, we lost a family member. They are dealing with the loss of their colleague, partner while also identifying efforts to find the person responsible for this senseless tragedy.”
Lieutenant Gliniewicz leaves behind a wife and four sons.
In Fox Lake, Mike Tobin, Fox News.