Many of you will remember the story from September regarding a Fox Lake, IL police officer named Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. After a call requesting backup on his pursuit of 3 individuals on foot through the woods, the officer was found dead in the woods.
Given the location of the gunshot wound, the crime scene, and his body armor, a major manhunt was put in motion and it grabbed the nations attention. Now, it turns out it was an extreme elaborate and staged suicide.
You see Gliniewicz, who those in the community called “G.I. Joe” stole a great deal of money from the local police department, amounting to somewhere in the 5 figures range – as well as an extensive criminal coverup.
According to recovered texts and emails from Gliniewicz, he knew his time was almost up and would eventually be busted. So he set up an elaborate crime scene in the woods and shot himself in the upper chest to cause internal bleeding and eventual death.
The investigation is still underway as authorities zone in on two other key suspects.
From the Washington Post:
In September, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a police officer in Fox Lake, Ill., radioed in one morning to say he was pursuing three possible suspects. A short time later, he was found with a fatal gunshot wound, sparking a massive manhunt that sent scores of police officers and federal agents sweeping through the area.
Two months later, police now say that Gliniewicz, a man known to many as “G.I. Joe,” was not among the handful of police officers shot and killed by a suspect this year. Instead, investigators say they determined that he took his own life after a long run of stealing money from his own police force.
Gliniewicz’s death “was a carefully staged suicide,” Cmdr. George Filenko of the task force said during a news conference Wednesday morning. “We have determined that this suicide was the end result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had committed.”
Investigators determined that Gliniewicz, 52, was embezzling money from a Fox Lake police program for seven years and using these funds for personal purposes, Filenko said.
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