The Fox Lake, Ill. police officer who has shot and killed by three suspects Tuesday has been identified as Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the force and father of four sons.
A massive search by local and federal officials for three suspects, described only as two white men and one black man, was still underway after eight hours late Tuesday afternoon.
In a news conference, Lake County sheriff’s department spokesman Chris Covelli said Gliniewicz radioed that he was beginning a “foot pursuit” during a routine patrol shortly before 8 a.m. CT on Tuesday. Other responding officers later found Gliniewicz wounded in a marshy area, stripped of his gun and other gear. He died at the scene.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Gliniewicz went by the nickname “G.I Joe” in the department.
“He’s got four sons who are going to have to go on alone,” Terry Resetar, Gliniewicz’ mother-in-law, told the Tribune.
Contrary to earlier reports, no arrests have been made in the officer’s killing, and the search is ongoing.