The suspects may have taken the officer's gun and pepper spray, according to reports
A police officer was shot and killed Tuesday morning in Fox Lake, Illinois, a suburb about an hour north of Chicago.
A massive manhunt involving helicopters and K-9 units is now underway for three suspects – two white males and one black male – who are considered armed and dangerous. The FBI and U.S. Marshals have joined the manhunt for the three suspects, according to CNN.
The officer, who has not been identified but was a 32-year veteran with the force, pulled over a car with “three suspicious subjects” at just before 8 a.m., Fox News reports.
It’s unclear what happened next, but the officer was chasing the three suspects on foot when he radioed in for backup, according to CBS Chicago.
Police eventually lost contact with the officer, who was later found in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, the Associated Press reports. Responding officers said they heard a gunshot before they discovered the officer’s body.
There are unconfirmed reports that the suspects may have taken the officer’s gun and pepper spray. People in the community are being warned to stay inside and several local schools have been locked down because of the manhunt.
Later on Tuesday, the FAA declared the area where the search was underway a “no-fly zone” at the request of local authorities.
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