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Manhunt for 3 in Ill. Officer Slaying  09/02 06:23

   As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police 
officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area 
overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.

   FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) -- As a small northern Illinois community mourned a 
popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities 
scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.

   Helicopters were to aid about 100 officers early Wednesday as the manhunt in 
and around the village of Fox Lake for the suspects in the fatal shooting of 
Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz stretched toward a second day, a sheriff's office 
spokesman said.

   Authorities from across the state and region poured into the village about 
60 miles north of Chicago after the shooting Tuesday morning, some wearing 
tactical gear and toting high-powered rifles. Federal agencies, SWAT teams and 
48 police dogs assisted in the search for the suspects, Lake County Sheriff's 
Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

   Officers could be seen taking up positions on rooftops and along railroad 
tracks, scanning the terrain with rifle scopes and binoculars. Others leaned 
out of helicopters with weapons at the ready. Residents were urged to stay 
indoors, and schools were put on lockdown.

   Authorities said Gliniewicz radioed in Tuesday morning to tell dispatchers 
he was chasing three men on foot in Fox Lake. Communication with him was lost 
soon after.

   "His backup arrived shortly thereafter and found him injured with a gunshot 
wound," Covelli said. Gliniewicz died of his injuries, Covelli said.

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

   "We lost a family member," Schmit said of the 52-year-old officer known 
around town as "GI Joe." ''His commitment to the people of this community has 
been unmatched and will be dearly missed."

   The area near the Wisconsin border area is popular for boating and other 
outdoor pursuits because of its forest preserves and a chain of lakes that 
partly encircles Fox Lake. Some longtime city dwellers move to the region for 
what is normally a quieter lifestyle.

   Authorities urged residents throughout the area to stay home while they 
conducted the search for three men, two of them white and the other black, 
aided by the canines and helicopters.

   The service of a local commuter train was halted, and residents who wanted 
to take their dogs out to relieve themselves were told to stay in their homes 
--- with the job of walking the pets handled by police officers.

   Several schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution Tuesday, according 
to Schmit. And on Wednesday, seven area schools canceled classes, Covelli said.

   Gliniewicz's death is the third law enforcement fatality in Illinois this 
year, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. It says 
firearms-related deaths in the U.S. are down 13 percent this year compared to 
the same period last year, Jan. 1. to Sept. 1; there were 30 last year and 26 
this year.

   Around Fox Lake, residents expressed their own sorrow over the death of the 
immensely popular Gliniewicz.

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

   Dozens gathered for hours along a street in the village to show their 
support for law enforcement officers.

   Thirty-year-old Dan Raminick held a sign that said "Police Lives Matter." He 
lives a couple miles away and said officers came by Tuesday evening and thanked 
the crowd.

   Caitlyn Kelly, a 22-year-old student, said she felt compelled to come out 
after other recent police shootings. She held a sign that said "Blue and Brave."


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