Update [1:35 p.m.]: Lake County Police said they have one suspect in custody, two other suspects are still at large.
Update [10:46 a.m.]: Police sources are now saying the Illinois police officer was killed. The officer’s name has not yet been released but he was a father and close to retiring.
Three suspects are on the loose in Lake County, Illinois after they shot a police officer Tuesday morning. According to the New York Daily News, the Illinois police officer called in that he was with three suspicious men, two white males and one black male, and had to chase them before his radio went silent. A fellow officer found him with a gunshot wound.
The Illinois police officer was shot near Route 12 and Sayton Road in Illinois, near a Walgreens and a “Welcome to Fix Lake” sign. The police reported that there were at least two suspects, and they were considered armed and dangerous.
Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Chris Covelli said, “At this point, this is a two-pronged investigation.”
Sgt. Covelli did not give details on the condition of the Illinois officer, only saying that he was injured. A press conference was held in regards to the wounded Illinois police officer, but detectives did not give many details on why the officer had to pursue the suspects and declined to answer questions at the press conference.
According to CBS Chicago, the Illinois police officer was doing a routine traffic stop that took a turn for the worse. The officer’s gun and pepper spray were missing when the other officer found him with gunshot wounds.
Officers are currently searching the nearby woods with canines and helicopters, and residents have been ordered to stay indoors. Grant Community High School is currently on lockdown for the safety of the staff and students, while Gavin South district schools were placed on a soft lockdown.
The Illinois police officer was shot just days after a Texas deputy was killed on Friday. Shannon J. Miles will be charged with capital murder after shooting the uniformed Harris County Deputy, Darren Goforth, multiple times from behind while he was pumping gas.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.