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Sources: Illinois Lieutenant's Shooting Which Sparked Massive Manhunt to Be Ruled Suicide

November 04, 2015  | 

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake (IL) PD was found mortally wounded Sept. 1 after he called for backup in the pursuit of three suspects. He had been shot once in the vest and once in the upper torso with his duty pistol.  
Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake (IL) PD was found mortally wounded Sept. 1 after he called for backup in the pursuit of three suspects. He had been shot once in the vest and once in the upper torso with his duty pistol.  

Authorities have called a news conference for later today to announce "significant new information" regarding the shooting death of a Fox Lake, IL, police officer, and multiple law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation have told the Chicago Tribune that authorities are expected to announce that he took his own life.

The sources say that authorities believe Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sept. 1.

The new information comes two months after officers found Gliniewicz mortally wounded in a remote, marshy area of the village near the Wisconsin border.

Around 8 a.m. Sept. 1, Gliniewicz radioed that he was pursuing two white males and a black male. Dispatchers lost contact with Gliniewicz, a 30-year veteran and a fixture in Fox Lake, and responding officers found him shot and his .40-caliber handgun rested nearby.

A few days later, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said he couldn't at that point rule out suicide or any other manner of death. A month after Gliniewicz died, police said he'd been shot twice with his own weapon — once in his protective vest and once in the upper left area of his torso. But authorities at that time said they could not yet rule on a manner of death, and police said there were signs of a struggle at the scene.

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kevCopAz @ 11/4/2015 2:22 PM

Very sad, I just heard the report that he was apparently stealing money from the department and would soon be discovered upon his retiring. Thus the suicide. Sad end top what appeared outwardly as a good career. The ones hurt most are his family and LEOs . I can't help but be angry at him yet sorry for him all at once.

Leonard @ 11/4/2015 8:19 PM

I feel for the officer and his family. However, it kinda puts holes n the faux war on police narrative

Robert @ 11/4/2015 9:00 PM

This is still a very sad story...he had a family and 4 kids, who probably don't care if their father made mistakes. They only care that he won't be around.
When this story first broke, there were comments on this board on how this was the fault of the "lack of police support" crowd...and even criticized the President for eating Salmon (didn't really understand that one??).
So now that seems the guy wasn't perfect, wasn't a hero...no one seems to give a sh_t about the fact he is dead. Now that he is seen as just another 'perp', he seems to cease to be seen as human on this board.
This only backs my opinion that the majority of police, after about 10 years of duty, see only 2 types of people...police and perps! Now this poor guy is a 'perp', his 'family' (of fellow LEO) seem to be leaving him out in the cold. At least the group who tracks LEO's killed in the line of duty had the courage to still call the situation 'heartbreaking'..what about this board??

John @ 11/5/2015 10:50 AM

This smells like a political smear. They happen all the time, everywhere. I don't believe it.

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