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Outrageous! Murder of Chicago Police Officer Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz Investigated as a Suicide

Outrageous! Murder of Chicago Police Officer Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz Investigated as a Suicide

By Lisa Black for Chicago Tribune

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.

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