A Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer who was found dead in the woods in September, prompting a manhunt that involved hundreds of cops, committed suicide, investigators concluded Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Police have scheduled a press conference for later on Wednesday morning to announce their findings, but Fox 32 Chicago, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that an investigative task force assigned to the incident determined that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz shot himself with his own gun.
Investigators have concluded that Gliniewicz took his own life “due to personal and professional pressures,” Fox 32 Chicago reports. Sources told The Chicago Sun-Times that there was an ongoing law enforcement investigation into Gliniewicz at the time of his death.
Gliniewicz, 52, a 32-year police veteran, was discovered dead on Sept. 1 after he radioed that he was chasing “three suspicious subjects” on foot. Responding officers said they heard a gunshot before they found the officer’s body.
A manhunt ensued, closing local schools and even the airspace, as hundreds of officers searched for Gliniewicz’s alleged killers.
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Investigators announced in October that Gliniewicz was shot twice with his service revolver, but they did not say who might have pulled the trigger. The first shot struck his bulletproof vest, and the second one hit his upper left chest area and killed him.
Gliniewicz’s wife had previously insisted that her husband had no reason to kill himself. “I wholeheartedly believe he was murdered,” Melodie Gliniewicz told Crime Watch Daily in an interview that aired last month.
“There were things that were happening in our life that people who are going to commit suicide would never do. He’d already applied for chiefs’ jobs in other towns. He was retiring out. We were planning vacations,” she said.
“We lived for these things.”