Search widens for suspects in Fox Lake officer’s slaying

FOX LAKE, Ill. –Authorities in northern Illinois have expanded their search for three suspects wanted in the shooting death of a police officer.

It has now been a full day since 32-year veteran Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz was gunned down.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli says local and state police have been conducting “saturation patrols” in the Fox Lake area since late Tuesday night when they exhausted a search of a tighter, two-square-mile perimeter.

Covelli says that besides catching the offenders, the heavy police presence is meant to reassure the community.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force will be meeting the Fox Lake staff midmorning to go over the next steps in the investigation and what information may or may not be released to the public, Cmdr. George Filenko told WGN.

Filenko said investigators plan on going over surveillance video Wednesday that they obtained Tuesday from surrounding businesses. They also plan to recanvas businesses and residential areas in search of obtaining more video and to see if anyone saw anything.

Overnight Tuesday, more than 100 officers continued searching for the suspects. The fugitives have managed to elude an extensive search effort that includes several helicopters with heat sensors, hundreds of police officers from across the state, U.S. Marshals and at least 40 search dogs.

Police say they are searching for two white men and one black man, and people in the community should consider them to be armed and dangerous.

Residents in the area are advised to stay indoors and report anything suspicious.

Schools in the area have been canceled for Wednesday.

Gliniewicz, 52, was involved in several youth programs in the area. He had a wife and four sons.

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