Cops hunt 3 suspects in shooting of Illinois police officer


massive manhunt is on in an Illinois suburb after a police officer was shot Tuesday morning.

Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Chris Covelli would not discuss the condition of the unidentified officer during a Tuesday news conference, only referring to him as “injured.” Multiple media reports had said the officer has died from his injuries.

Police are searching for three suspects who were involved in a traffic stop with the officer earlier Tuesday. Two male suspects are white and one is black, according to Covelli.

The shooting began when the officer stopped a car with “three suspicious subjects” at 7:52 a.m. By the time a backup officer had arrived on the scene, the police officer had already been shot.

Pepper spray was used at some point during the encounter near Rollins Road and Route 159, according to CBS Chicago, which cited sources.

K-9 units, helicopters and armored trucks were involved as police searched for the suspects, all of whom remained at large Tuesday afternoon.

Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was on lockdown while the search was underway.

“A police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff, they have requested we remain locked down,” a statement from the school said, according to Fox32.

Fox Lake is a popular resort area surrounded by numerous lakes about 52 miles northwest of Chicago.

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