Sources: Illinois Police Officer's Death To Be Ruled A Suicide

| by Jared Keever
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Investigators in Fox Lake, Illinois, are expected to reveal at a Nov. 4 news conference that they believe a Fox Lake Police lieutenant who died of a gunshot wound on Sept. 1 committed suicide. 

Lake County officials announced the news conference Nov. 3, saying they would be providing “significant, new” information about the investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

Unnamed sources have reportedly told both the Sun-Times and WGN News that investigators now believe Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph "Joe" Gliniewicz shot himself with his own weapon. Officials are expected to announce that his alleged suicide was related to personal issues and an ongoing law enforcement investigation of him. Details of the investigation were not confirmed by the Sun-Times. 

Gliniewicz was found dead after he radioed to dispatchers that he was chasing three suspects on Sept. 1. He had been shot twice with his own weapon once in his bullet proof vest and once in the torso. In response to the death, officials launched a days-long manhunt but failed to catch any suspects.

Sources told WGN that officials are also expected to reveal details of the officer’s victimology report, in which it claims he was using police department money for personal use.

In October, authorities revealed that there were nine samples of unidentified DNA at the crime scene where the officer’s body was found, the Sun-Times notes. They declined at the time to say whether any of the DNA was found on Gliniewicz’s service weapon. 

Gliniewicz’s widow appeared on WGN’s “Crime Watch Daily” in October and said suggestions that her husband, who was nearing retirement, committed suicide were “disrespectful, hurtful and irresponsible.” 

“There were things that were happening in our life that people who are going to commit suicide would never do,” Mel Gliniewicz said. “He’d already applied for chiefs’ jobs in other towns. He was retiring out. We were planning vacations. He lived for these things.”

She then cited the two gunshots as proof that her husband didn't commit suicide.

"Somebody that is going to kill themselves is not going to shoot themselves twice," she added. "My husband was a firearms instructor. He was a sniper.”

Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, WGN News, WGN: Crime Watch Daily

Photo credit: Chicago Sun-Times