Manhunt for Three Suspects After Police Officer Shot Outside Chicago – ABC News
A police officer has been fatally shot and a manhunt for three suspects is underway outside Chicago, authorities said today.
The deadly shooting is believed to have happened after the officer sent a radio message saying that he was chasing after three men, authorities said.
The Fox Lake police officer has not been publicly identified but Lake County Sheriff’s Department Det. Chris Covelli confirmed to ABC News that the officer has died as a result of the shooting.
The incident started at 7.52 a.m. today when the officer said via radio that he was pursuing two white men and one black man, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman at an afternoon news conference.
Police lost communication with the officer after his radio message, and a backup officer found him injured, police said.
The three suspects remain at large, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Canine crews are being used as well as officers on foot and in helicopters in the search.
The FBI is assisting local authorities and a representative told ABC News that they have agents on the ground. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are already at the scene and the U.S. Marshals confirmed to ABC News that members of its Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force are on their way to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration has established a temporary flight restriction over the search zone, and it is scheduled to be in effect until Wednesday afternoon.
Fox Lake is a suburb about 60 miles north of central Chicago.