Illinois Officer Staged Own Death

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Authorities say an Illinois police officer staged his own death. Lt. Charles Gliniewicz was found dead with gunshot wounds on September first after telling dispatchers he was pursuing three suspicious men.
Officials say the 30 year veteran used his own service weapon to fatally shoot himself. Investigators say Gliniewicz was embezzling funds and at least two other people may have been involved. Fox News correspondent Matt Finn has more.

The investigation into the death of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz has turned out some shocking results. The man with the nickname “G.I. Joe” died back in September, after reports he was chasing three suspicious men on foot. But as it turns out, it was all a hoax.

“This extensive investigation has concluded with an overwhelming amount of evidence that Gliniewicz’s death was a carefully staged suicide.”

A motive has been established for the officers’ actions.  As authorities say instead of upholding the law, Gliniewicz was breaking it.

“The investigation found Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post. Thousands of dollars were used by Gliniewicz for personal purchases, travel expenses, mortgage payments, gym memberships and adult websites.”

His death sparked off a large manhunt, as officers searched houses, cabins and even boats on area lakes. A number of federal and local agencies also took part. In all, a minimum more than 300 thousand dollars were spent in overtime and other costs.

“This was an extraordinarily complex investigation with many moving parts which resulted in over 150 investigators spending over 25-thousand hours investigating this case.”

An outpouring of both local and national support followed the officers’ death.  He was even given a hero’s funeral. Now the findings today revealed a much darker side to Gliniewicz.

In Fox Lake, Illinois, Matt Finn, Fox News.

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