Hundreds mourn slain Illinois officer

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz The 52-year-old was shot and killed Sept. 1 in Fox Lake, Illinois, while chasing three men.


ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) — Police officers from around the country attended a funeral Monday for a suburban Chicago lieutenant who was slain last week, and residents of the area turned out by the thousands to watch the hearse go by.

Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was 52 and on the cusp of retirement after more than 30 years with the Fox Lake Police Department, was shot and killed shortly after he radioed in that he was chasing three suspicious men on foot.

His more than mile-long funeral procession wound through small-town Fox Lake and lakeside forests that were the focus of a manhunt for the still at-large suspects. Fox Lake is a village of around 10,000 people about 50 miles north of Chicago.

Many of those looking on from the roadside applauded as the procession went by. Blue ribbons — a mark of respect for police — were tied to trees along the way. Pictures of the officer also were placed along the route. And one person held a up a sign that read, "You will never be forgotten."

Gliniewicz, an officer since 1985 and weeks from retirement, was also an Army veteran.

Fox Lake's recently retired police chief recalled Gliniewicz's fondness for the phrase "embrace the suck," about dealing with difficult tasks. "Now we're doing it today," Michael Behan said of Gliniewicz's funeral, held at a high school auditorium in Antioch, her husband's hometown not far from Fox Lake.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was among the attendees.

While most people run from danger, Gliniewicz ran toward it, Joliet Police Officer Rachel Smithberg said.

"Every day he put on his uniform and said, 'Send me,'" she said.

Las Vegas officer injured after gunman fires on SUV

A man with a semi-automatic handgun walked up to a Las Vegas police SUV waiting at a red light and opened fire, striking one officer in the right hand, authorities said.

Police said the officer was hospitalized in good condition. The suspected gunman was later arrested.

Police called the shooting an ambush, although no motive or details were given.

The second officer in the SUV who was not hurt chased the suspect and arrested him at a 7-11 store parking lot on the same block.

Authorities emphasized that the arrest was made without officers firing their weapons.— AP

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