Three suspects wanted in connection to the shooting death of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz, a 32 year veteran police officer on Tuesday morning continue to elude police, but police say there is a “good possibility” the suspects are still in the area.
During a press conference on Thursday, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander, George Filenko said police are pursuing leads and canvassing the area in the hunt for three “extremely dangerous” men believed to have killed Lieutenant Charles “Joe” Gliniewicz. Police recovered what was referred to as “significant” surveillance video footage from a home security system in the area that has now been turned over to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for verification, Commander Filenko said. Initial reports indicated the slain officer’s gun was missing, however, Filenko said during Thursday’s press conference that officer Gliniewicz’s gun was recovered from the scene.
Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Gliniewicz radioed in at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday morning that he was pursuing three “suspicious” men, two caucasian and one African American on foot. With the sole description provided by the officer to go on, law enforcement officials say the surveillance video footage could provide important details in the investigation. As the Labor Day weekend approaches, investigators are now considering a new strategy for the search, but Filenko said he would not have more details on that until Friday.
After an off duty Texas police officer, Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was shot and killed at a gas station outside of Houston, the Fraternal Order of Police renewed its call to expand federal hate crime laws to include those who target law enforcement officers. Emotions on both sides are high after numerous incidents of misconduct by police officers and violent attacks on police officers. The nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement has sought sweeping reforms of policing.
Lieutenant Gliniewicz is the eighth police officer shot and killed in the U.S. in the last month and the fourth in 10 days, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks officers’ deaths so their names can be enshrined on a Washington, D.C., memorial. Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the group, said four fatal shootings in recent days is a higher rate than usual. Groeninger cautioned that it is too soon to speculate if police officer deaths are trending up, adding that the data isn’t there yet.