Manhunt on as shot US cop dies
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.”