The Courier-Mail

Manhunt on as shot US cop dies

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FOX LAKE, ILLINOIS: Police with dogs, armed with rifles and in helicopter­s were conducting a massive manhunt in the north of the US state of Illinois yesterday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men.

Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described the slain officer, Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, as a friend, a threedecad­e member of the department and a father of four sons.

“We lost a family member,” Schmit said of the officer known as “GI Joe”.

‘‘His commitment to the people of this community has been unmatched and will be dearly missed.”

Authoritie­s said Lt Gliniewicz, 52, radioed in to say he was chasing three men on foot in the village of Fox Lake, 89km north of Chicago. Communicat­ion with him was lost soon after, said Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sergeant Christophe­r Covelli.

“His backup arrived shortly thereafter and found him injured with a gunshot wound,” Sgt Covelli said. “The officer has succumbed to his injuries and passed away.”

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