Published On: Wed, Sep 2nd, 2015

Illinois: Manhunt for Lt. Joe Gliniewicz murderers continues for 3 unidentified suspects

An intense manhunt continued on land and in the air in Illinois Tuesday as the search for three suspects who gunned down a police officer in northern Illinois during a foot chase intensifies.

The slain officer was identified as Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, 52, from Fox Lake, a village on the Wisconsin border, Gliniewicz is a married father of four boys and colleagues nicknamed him “G.I. Joe,” Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said at the Tuesday news conference. He was a 30-year veteran on the force and set to retire in a few weeks.

“Today, not only did Fox Lake lose a family member — I lost a really dear friend,” Schmit said.

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

The suspects were described as two white men and one black man, presumed to be armed and dangerous.

The police have not released photos of the three men, their photos or other details at this time.

Authorities from across the state and region poured into Fox Lake throughout the day Tuesday, 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.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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