Police Officer Shot and Killed in Illinois, Manhunt Underway for 3 Suspects

AP

A police officer was shot and killed Tuesday morning in the northern suburban area of Fox Lake, Illinois, giving way to a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

The officer was gunned down when chasing three suspects on foot.

CBS Chicago reported:

At a late morning news conference, Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Chris Covelli said, around 7:50 a.m., the officer radioed he was pursuing three suspects, after looking into their "suspicious activity." Police lost radio contact with the officer, who was later found with a gunshot wound. Shortly after the news conference, Covelli confirmed that the officer died.

According to Covelli, police are  conducting a ground and air search for the three suspects, two of whom are white and one black. Reports unconfirmed by police indicate that the suspects may have stolen the slain officer’s gun and pepper spray.

As the manhunt continues, police have directed individuals in the area to remain inside and call 911 to report any suspicious activity. Area schools have been placed on lockdown and some trains have been stopped because of the police activity.

Officers from at least six different agencies, many of whom are substantially armed, are currently aiding with the manhunt. K-9 units and helicopters are also being used. Forces appear to have focused on a particular marshy area.