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The death of Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was "a carefully staged suicide," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander George Filenko said Wednesday. "This staged suicide was the end result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had been committing."
Gliniewicz was under increasing levels of stress from scrutiny into what the investigators found to be criminal activity, Filenko said.
The officer had been stealing and laundering money from the police department program that mentored young people hoping to become law enforcement officers, Filenko said. Gliniewic was a leader in that program, and had been stealing money for at least seven years, he said.
(CNN)[Breaking news update, 11:31 a.m. ET]
Gliniewicz was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time he was shot, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. One of the officials said Gliniewicz was hit by two shots -- one stopped by his bulletproof vest, and another entered his torso at a downward angle.
"We have determined this staged suicide was the end result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had been committing in fact he was under increasing levels of personal stress from scrutiny of his management of the Fox Lake Police Explorer program," Filenko said.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
If it's a staged suicide, why is two shots so hard to believe? It's part of staging it. Two shots to the torso looks a hell of a lot less like suicide than one to the dome, doesn't it? Think you've already answered that one.
Why suicide, then?
Answer: survivor benefits. Possibly saving his reputation. Any number of reasons.
I'm really utterly perplexed as to why the notion of suicide by a dirty cop, if he indeed was, is so foreign to people.
Is it out of the realm of possibility that he was offed to shut him up? No, not at all. But I'm not so quick to dismiss it being a staged suicide, especially if he himself was taking money that wasn't his.