The FBI is looking at new surveillance video Saturday that could help catch those responsible for killing Fox Lake police Lt. Charles “Joe” Gliniewicz last week.
The video came from a nearby gas station. The owner tells ABC7 Eyewitness News that you can clearly see the three suspects.
Meanwhile, the FBI tweeted out an appeal to the public Saturday asking for help and tips related to the slaying of the officer.
— FBI (@FBI) September 5, 2015
The mood is somber as a steady stream of the grief-stricken flock to the growing memorial outside the Fox Lake Police Department for Gliniewicz.
The long holiday weekend began with the three suspects believed responsible for the cop’s killing still on the loose. Some residents remain concerned despite an increased police presence.
“We’ve always got police officers, we’ve got the SWAT teams. They’re all around the whole neighborhood. I’ve already seen them twice in my neighborhood,” Bernie Dodgen said.
Also on Thursday, George Filenko, the commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said investigators may have obtained video of the three men wanted for killing Gliniewicz.
“We have retrieved … what we believe to be some significant video”, Filenko said.
“Last night was an unfortunate incident”.
“That was the only description provided”, said Filenko. It was not clear whether she already had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Meanwhile, authorities have recovered security camera video from several area homes and businesses, hoping the recordings will provide some clues about the suspects.
“You can see the clear face of the people in my camera,” said gas station manager Monty Sharma.
During the Labor Day weekend, the Chain O’ Lakes normally draws thousands of visitors for a last chance at summer fun, but with the ongoing manhunt, tourist traffic is down and business is not the same at area eateries and marinas.
Tributes and tokens of admiration for the fallen officer are everywhere as the 30-year police veteran is being remembered for his selflessness and generosity.
“Everybody’s grieving in their own way,” said Fox Lake resident Kyle Navas. “He had a huge effect in the community.”
The tip line phone number is 1-800-CALL-FBI. Tips, photos and video can also be submitted online: www.fbi.gov/foxlake.
FUNERAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR SLAIN OFFICER
Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered all state flags to fly at half-staff as people prepare to say their final goodbyes to Lt. Gliniewicz. Flags will fly half-staff from sunrise Saturday morning to sunset Monday evening.
Lt. Gliniewicz’s funeral will be held at Antioch High School on Monday. Public viewing begins at 9 a.m., followed by a service at 1 p.m. There will be a procession from the high school to Hillside East Cemetery in Antioch, where Gliniewicz will be laid to rest.
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(CNN) Investigators on Friday found a significant piece of evidence at the place where an Illinois police officer was fatally shot this week.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force commander George Filenko wouldn’t specify what type of evidence was discovered, only that it was located by a person.
Authorities have disclosed few details about the case. They are looking for three men — two white and one black — but that’s the extent of what they have told the public about the death of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz.
“We’re not prepared to give out any specific descriptions yet,” Filenko told reporters earlier.
The commander told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360˚” that there likely are some police officers who, once they see surveillance video recorded in the area, will be able to attach names to the suspects.
“Based on what we’re seeing and some of the preliminary results in the videos, we’re believing and going into the direction that there is somebody within the police department here or within our investigative group that’s going to be able to identify these individuals,” he told guest host John Berman.
A source involved in the investigation told CNN on Thursday that Gliniewicz’s gun was fired, though it’s not clear who pulled the trigger.
The commander told reporters that investigators are using machetes and magnets to search the high grass at the scene of the slaying.
He said he also has yet to see videos that might also provide crucial evidence in the case. The recordings are still with federal authorities, he said.
The last day of work
Gliniewicz was on his way to work Tuesday morning, in the cruiser that he had taken home the day before, when he saw three suspicious people, Filenko said earlier this week.
This would not have been unusual as Gliniewicz was the type of officer who considered himself on duty as soon as he rolled into town, Filenko said.
The lieutenant made the first call at 7:52 a.m. and called three minutes later to request backup. The backup units arri
ved at 8:01 and found their fellow officer dead, roughly 50 yards from his vehicle, at 8:09, Filenko said.
Authorities searched across tricky terrain and brought in helicopters, K-9 units, federal agents, night-vision equipment and body-heat sensors. Police cleared every home in the cordoned-off area and fielded more than 100 tips, Filenko said.
So far, police have found no witnesses.
Besides a home security video that Filenko mentioned Thursday, police say they also have one video from a truck driver who had a camera in his vehicle and was in the area Tuesday.
An autopsy was completed, but authorities aren’t releasing the results yet, Filenko said. The Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory is expediting its review of evidence to determine whether there was any fingerprint or DNA transfer.
A local hero
- Remembering Lt. Joe Gliniewicz 02:33
Gliniewicz was a hero to many in Fox Lake. Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night for a vigil to honor the 30-year police veteran. He led the local police explorers’ program, mentoring and training youths interested in becoming officers.
He was a husband and father of four.
“Joe was my best friend and my world. My hero,” Melodie Gliniewicz told more than 1,000 people at the candlelight vigil.
She said her husband was “the love of my life for the last 26½ years. He was my rock as much as I was his rock.”