Even as police probe the shooting death of Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz as a homicide, they are also investigating whether it might have been a suicide, sources close to the investigation told the Tribune on Monday.
Publicly, the spokesman for the investigation, Detective Christopher Covelli of the Lake County sheriff’s office, repeated Monday that authorities are looking at “every theory” but that they are “still pursuing this as a homicide.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, though, multiple sources close to the investigation said one of the theories being examined is whether the gunshot wound that killed the officer was self-inflicted.
The police investigation has been mostly opaque from the start, which law enforcement officials have said allows them an advantage as they work the case. That authorities have not ruled out suicide indicates the homicide investigation has not yet settled the question.
Covelli said the Lake County Major Crime Task Force continued Monday to follow up on leads as they await the results of DNA, gunshot residue and ballistic tests being conducted at local, state and federal laboratories.
“Every theory is being looked at. Nothing has been eliminated at this point,” Covelli said.
Gliniewicz, a 30-year police veteran, died Sept. 1 after telling a dispatcher that he was going to pursue three subjects: two white males and a black male. Responding officers found him shot to death in a remote, marshy area. They recovered his .40-caliber service weapon nearby.
Last week, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd raised the possibility that the shooting was self-inflicted, saying he could not make a determination on the manner of the officer’s death – whether homicide, suicide, accidental or undetermined – until he received further information from police.
On Monday, Rudd said he was compiling data and expected to finish a pathology report, possibly within the next few days.
“We are working right now on finalizing the report,” Rudd said. “We have the results of our autopsy and ancillary tests and then will present them to the crime task force.”
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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Lisa Black