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Slain Illinois Officer Identified, Suspects Still at Large

September 01, 2015  | 

Fox Lake (Ill.) PD Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed today. (Photo: Fox Lake PD)
Fox Lake (Ill.) PD Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed today. (Photo: Fox Lake PD)

The Fox Lake, Ill., police officer shot and killed while chasing three suspects Tuesday morning was a 30-year veteran of the force who went by the nickname "G.I. Joe" and was married with four children, according to police and family, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"He's got four sons who are going to have to go on alone," said Terry Resetar, mother-in-law of the slain officer, Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52.

Gliniewicz radioed shortly before 8 a.m. while on routine patrol that he was going to check on some suspicious activity, Lake County sheriff’s spokesman Chris Covelli said during a news conference.

He then radioed he was in a "foot pursuit" but communication was lost after that, Covelli said. Other officers responded and found him shot near Route 12 and Sayton Road, he said.

Gliniewicz was discovered in a marshy area, stripped of his gun and other gear, according to Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose. He died at the scene, the undersheriff said.

Police established a perimeter and sent helicopters into the air as they sought three suspects, described only as a black male and two white males, Rose said. Several canine units were also dispatched, as well as SWAT teams in camouflage.

With the help of U.S. marshals, teams of police from throughout the county searched surrounding woods and businesses in the area. By 4 p.m., no arrests had been made as more than 100 police officers continued the search.


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Comments (6)

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Chad Fontenot @ 9/1/2015 5:08 PM

Rest in peace brother.

kevCopAz @ 9/1/2015 5:48 PM

God be with you Brother. Just from the years on the job and your photo I can tell that you loved the job. Its always a loss when an officer goes down, but when they could have already retired after long years of service, its even more tragic. Times like this I wish all units were two officer or a single officer unit would NEVER intercede where there are multiple suspects or a dangerous situation (unknown what happened here yet), I don't mean to 2ed guess just advising all of you Bothers and sisters out there, be vigilant, don't bite off more then you can chew, GET A BACK up, then proceed.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/1/2015 6:22 PM

This is simply asinine, these officers being killed. The day is here to put 2 officers in every car, taxpayers be damned. I know that that is dreaming, however they can wait for backup if they have to wait for 30 min it is better than having them die at the hands of these barbarians. Rest in Peace Officer Gliniewicz and sincerest condolences to your family and the Fox Lake Police Department. These suspects all deserve the Needle.

Sheila Stevens @ 9/2/2015 5:43 AM

So tragic this world can be. I'm disgusted with these police shootings. Good men trying to protect the people. They might as well be playing Russian Roulette. My thoughts go out to this good man's family. RIP.

[email protected] @ 9/2/2015 3:51 PM

Sad. Another Good Guy gone. My heart goes out to his family and his brothers and sisters in blue. Used to be you killed a cop there was no hole deep enough to hide in. But that was back when an Officer was respected and liked, now their just targets. Blues, Stay Safe.

John retired Iowa @ 9/2/2015 7:54 PM

Rest in peace brother. Condolences to the family. How long will it be before LEO starts getting support from the leaders of this country?

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