Fox Lake — Police Officer Suicide?

16 Sep

This one burst onto the news scene about a week ago, I blogged on it in “A Good Officer Falls“. It seemed at the time to be the case of a murder of a Police Officer.

Turns out that the policeman in question may not have been shot by the “three suspects he was pursuing”…

He may not have been murdered at all. Other sources are reporting that Lt Gliniewicz was only shot once, and that the coroner has refused to state where.

There is still more evidence to process, which may definitively prove things one way or another.

Illinois officer’s death may have been a suicide, evidence suggests

Illinois police are looking into the possibility that a Fox Lake officer’s death was a suicide, according to reports.

Fox Lake Lt. Charles (Joe) Gliniewicz, 52, was found mortally wounded after reporting he was chasing down three suspects with vague descriptions on Sept. 1. His death sparked a massive manhunt with 400 officers, but no arrests have been made and the suspects have not been found.

Authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide. The Lake County Coroner, Thomas Rudd, said he couldn’t say whether it was a suicide, an accident or a homicide without further evidence.

“Every theory is being looked at,” Lake County Sheriff’s detective Chris Covelli told the Chicago Tribune. “Nothing has been eliminated at this point.”

Unnamed sources close to the investigation said evidence is mounting that the fatal shot was self-inflicted, according to the Chicago Tribune and Fox News.

Gliniewicz was shot twice, with one bullet hitting his Kevlar vest and the other bullet piercing his chest from a downward trajectory, sources told Fox News. Shell casings were found about 100 feet apart from each other near the body, which was found face-down.

His service weapon was found close to his body, which appeared to have no self-defense wounds, sources said. Ballistics and gun residue test results are expected to determine whether Gliniewicz was shot with his own weapon.

Police are also awaiting DNA tests to see if some found at the scene matches that in a criminal database.

Authorities discounted some of the reports claiming suicide was a possibility, claiming a disgraced retired cop served as one of the anonymous sources. They said Joseph A. Battaglia, 54, threatened police to rule the death a suicide and may have given reporters false tips.

But investigators have been clashing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Detectives, who have been tight-lipped throughout, called out Rudd for releasing information that could jeopardize the investigation last week. On Monday, they held a meeting with one of his employees without Rudd’s knowledge.


Posted by on September 16, 2015 in News


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5 responses to “Fox Lake — Police Officer Suicide?

  1. Ask Cara

    September 16, 2015 at 3:13 PM



  2. roderick2012

    September 17, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Of course the haters immediately tied this cop’s death to BLM.

    If only BLM were so powerful to have lobbyists in every statehouse across the country and in D.C.

    Liked by 1 person

    • btx3

      September 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      The hater types are tying every Cop death to BLM they can.They really don’t want to admit that the system has problems – and furthermore that black folks can be innocent victims.

      The issue isn’t that there are bad cops. It would be well nigh impossible to eliminate every single potential candidate for the uniform who later turns out to be a bad cop. However, by BLM putting the spotlight on the broken system of how the bad cops are reprimanded, punished, or eliminated from the force is having nationwide impact. The issue isn’t bad cops…It is who and how the Police are policed.

      And the hater types really don’t like either a) being held accountable themselves, or b) their proxies (AKA Bad Cops) being held accountable.

      The next issue, and more difficult one is to go after the pernicious abuse of the justice system itself.


      • roderick2012

        September 17, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        Everything you said was correct.

        And the fact that the cop who assaulted James Blake had had four complaints against him but was still on patrol is why most people were upset.

        Of course the NYPD authorities including Bratton wanted to change the subject by tossing in the race card and claiming that Blake wasn’t targeted because he was black but because he ‘fit the description’ of what turned out to be another innocent man.

        We all know that the cop would never have tackled a white suspect but would have treated questioned him first.

        Another thing that bothered me is that the NYPD has enough cops to spare FIVE to investigated suspected identity theft.

        Maybe the NYPD has too many cops if that many are available to apprehend a non-violent suspect.


      • btx3

        September 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        YOu know it’s funny – but Republicans never go after Police Unions…



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