Suspects in Illinois Cop Killing Likely Still in Area, Authorities Say

Suspects are 'extremely dangerous,' authorities say

Photo: Lake County Sheriff s Office/AP

The three suspects on the run following Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer are believed to still be in the surrounding area, officials said at a press conference today.

Addressing a manhunt that includes hundreds of officers, Commander George Filenko of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force said that investigators have made “significant progress” in their search. He said that despite the intuitive notion that suspects will flee far from the crime scene fast, historical precedent shows that “individuals are more comfortable hiding in place.” Filenko said that authorities believe that the suspects initially escaped from the crime scene on foot, rather than in a car.

Yesterday, he said cops were “still working off the fact that we’re presuming there’s a good probability that they are still somewhere in the area,” according to a report by NBC News.

Yesterday, Filenko had said that cops had obtained “significant” video footage from a home security system. Today, he said they obtained several more videos overnight, including videos from the Lake County Department of Transportation. Local authorities are now working with federal agencies to compile and make sense of the chronology of various video segments.

At today’s press conference, it was announced that a $50,000 reward is being offered for the capture and conviction of those who killed Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Motorola Solutions Inc. Vice President Ali Kapadia announced that the telecommunications company was offering the reward money, adding that many of the company’s employees live in the area.

On Wednesday, a woman allegedly made a false report to police claiming she saw the suspects about five miles south of the site of the fatal shooting, which led to a five-hour search that drew dozens of armed officers, K-9 units and air support. However, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the woman allegedly admitted to making it up as an attention ploy, according to multiple reports.

Kristin Kiefer, 30, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, including a charge of falsifying a police report, which is a felony.

The suspects have been described as two white men and one black man.

Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while investigating suspicious activity in Fox Lake. Gliniewicz radioed in a description of three suspicious men, and said he was chasing them. An army veteran, Gliniewicz had been on the force 30 years and was weeks away from retirement.

At a memorial service on Wednesday, his wife, Melodie, described Gliniewicz as “the most wonderful caring and loving father to our boys.”

She said, “Joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26-and-a-half years.”

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