Fox News reported a manhunt Tuesday morning for suspects in the killing of a police officer in Fox Lake, a community an hour north of Chicago, Illinois. The search for three armed men encompassed the woods and wetlands around the murder site.
The Kane County state attorney’s office identified the police fatality as 52-year-old Lieutenant Charles J. Gliniewicz, 32 years in the force and married father of four.
According to Fox News, helicopters hovered above Fox Lake which was on lockdown while a ground operation was underway. F.B.I. and A.T.F. personnel in coordination with a S.W.A.T. team and K-9 units scoured the area for the three suspects in the killing of Gliniewicz at around 8 a.m.
Lake County Sheriff’s office Detective Christopher Covelli confirmed the officer died after the shooting in which two white men and a black man were believed involved. In an 11:30 a.m. press conference, Covelli asked area residents to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity.
Meanwhile, according to NBC Chicago, State Representative Barbara Wheeler released the following statement.
“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now. Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”
This murder of a policeman follows the killing on Friday of Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, as he walked to his patrol car after pumping gas in the Houston area. Goforth, the married father of two, was gunned down in an execution-style killing without provocation.
According to CNN, the suspected killer, Shannon J. Miles, 30, now in police custody, allegedly approached Goforth from behind and shot him 15 times. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson who is handling the case indicated that surveillance video caught Miles in a white t-shirt, red shorts, and tennis shoes, walk up behind Goforth.
CNN quoted Goforth’s superior officer, Sheriff Ron Hickman of Harris County, Texas, as making the following comment.
“This rhetoric has gotten out of control. We’ve heard ‘black lives matter,’ ‘All lives matter.’ Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘Lives matter,’ and take that to the bank?”
Hickman was referring to the Black Lives Matter movement around the country, lambasting policemen for the deaths of black suspects during arrests or while in custody. The movement started with the acquittal of mixed-race Hispanic George Zimmerman in the Florida shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. During the furor that followed, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera provoked further outrage by suggesting that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie was as much responsible for his death as George Zimmerman.
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