Funeral begins of Illinois officer shot dead last week

Author: the associated press
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ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) – Hundreds of law enforcement officers are attending the funeral of a suburban Chicago police officer who was fatally shot last week.

Friends and family of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz also attended the service Monday at a high school in Antioch, his nearby hometown.

The 52-year-old Gliniewicz was shot Tuesday while chasing three suspicious men on foot in a marshy area of the lakeside community, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago. Police are still searching for suspects.

Gliniewicz, a married father of four sons, was a 30-year veteran of the police department. His wife, Mel, wore a police badge on a necklace during the service, where her husband’s coffin was draped in an American flag. Attendees included Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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