(The Washington Post) – When Fox Lake police officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found mortally wounded along a forested road in this sleepy northern Illinois town, his fellow officers feared the worst. Just moments before, Gliniewicz had radioed in that he was pursuing three suspicious men. Then his colleagues spotted him in the dirt, bleeding out from a gunshot to the chest. Another slug was lodged in his bulletproof vest.
“Send everybody you possibly can,” radioed in the first cop on the scene. “Officer is down.”
Gliniewicz didn’t make it, but authorities pulled out the big guns to try and capture his killers. Fox Lake shuttered its schools. SWAT teams with Humvees stormed previously quiet neighborhoods. More than 400 officers, including federal agents, K-9 units and helicopters, launched a massive manhunt for the three suspects.
The next day, Fox Lake residents held a vigil to honor the fallen police officer. Hundreds lined the small town’s main street with flags and homemade signs praising Gliniewicz for giving his life to protect them. A phalanx of uniformed officers carried his coffin into a high school packed with mourners.