A police officer in Fox Lake, Illinois has reportedly been shot and killed, according to multiple media outlets.
“Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Fox Lake Police Department, their families and friends and all the officers responding to assist with the shooting”, the office said in a statement.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the officer had also been stripped of his equipment, including his gun. The shooting incident began when the officer, who has not yet been publically identified, stopped a vehicle with “three suspicious subjects” just before 8 a.m. and radioed in for backup.
Fox Lake police said “officers are out on a security measure”.
Covelli said local residents should remain indoors and report suspicious activity.
Law enforcement officers are using helicopters and dogs for their search.
Police and other law enforcement officials, some of them in military-style camouflage, were seen taking up positions on rooftops and along railroad tracks, scanning the terrain with rifle scopes and binoculars.
“He loved his community and loved his job, and he will be very sorely missed in this community”, said Catherine “Kay” Starostovic, Grant Township supervisor. Gavin South and Central and St. Bede schools are now on soft lockdown status.
Residents have been told to stay in doors and local schools have been placed on lockdown. It’s about 60 miles north of Chicago.
Authorities in Fox Lake have asked for assistance from surrounding police departments and federal agencies.
Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmidt called Gliniewicz “a very dear friend”. K-9 units and helicopters have been deployed to help with the search.