I suspect that I will take a lot of crap for this post, but I mean no harm to anyone. I feel awful for the people of the area (several of whom I know) and especially the deceased officer and his family and co-workers.
I have also not participated in any of the many recent threads about police killings and police being killed, mainly because I don’t have a bias one way or the other.
I’ll try to keep this brief, but may not be able to.
It starts with a veteran police officer calling in a report of three suspicious men, but his only description of them is their race. (Nothing implied there, either, that’s simply the only info that was transmitted.) The officer then chases them on foot. Would a veteran cop do that? Is that standard procedure? He’s been on the job for over 20 years so you have to assume the men were not local, yes?
The area is being described as “rural” but I’ve been there many times and that’s not how I’d describe it. It is criss-crossed by paved roads and dotted with small towns, some very wealthy. In addition to on duty police at 8 AM on a weekday, there are surely a number of private security people driving around as well. Nobody saw a thing, despite being aware of an officer down shortly after 8 AM.
They had 400 officers and 50 dog units on the ground, plus helicopters and planes in the air. Nothing… The police focused on the ground search (I assume they had a good reason to). While the area has some dense woods, it’s not anything like the area the two convicts who escaped in New York were in, let alone having a six or seven hour head start on searchers. It’s also full of lakes and rivers and almost impossible to navigate unless you know it very well or have detailed topo maps.
Last thing, although I have many more questions. These three guys killed a cop. Unless they were all three whackos or purely spree killers, they must have had a reason. Any prison escapes recently? Any major crimes committed that are unsolved in the area? Not that we’ve heard. Maybe they had a car and have escaped deep into urban Chicago or are headed to Canada, but why were they on foot and why was the initial response focused almost entirely on the ground?
Maybe they have names and descriptions and are ready to pounce on an abandoned warehouse any minute (I hope so) but everything we have heard so far makes that seem unlikely.
Unlike the other recent incidents, where I felt time was needed for the facts to come out, this one gives off a strange vibe. I hope I’m wrong.
P.S. I have no alternate theory about what might have happened.