Police Shooting

Officials in Illinois will announce on Wednesday that the death of a policeman in the state was a suicide. Originally, it was believed that Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, from Lake County, Illinois, was murdered during the pursuit of multiple suspects on foot. Following his death, local law enforcement carried out a homicide investigation and a manhunt to locate murder suspects.

Officer Was Found Alive, but Mortally Wounded

The policeman was discovered alive, but wounded by gunshot fire on Sept. 1. He later succumbed to his injuries. Before being found, the officer radioed the station that he was pursuing three suspects on foot.

A month after the incident, a police commander from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force said that they were carrying out a homicide investigation, but they had not ruled out suicide. The Chicago Sun-Times also reported that the deceased officer was having personal problems, and that he had been targeted by a police investigation. Allegedly, the officer had used police funds for his personal purchases.

Gliniewicz had two gunshot wounds in his chest from his own weapon. One was on the right side of his chest in the front of his bullet proof vest. The second hit him in the upper left side of his chest. They believe that the second wound was the fatal one.

After his death, hundreds of federal, state and local officers completed a 60-mile-wide manhunt for suspects near the Chicago-Wisconsin border. The Federal Aviation Administration even cordoned off a no-fly zone where the search was being performed.

Hundreds Gathered for His Funeral

Gliniewicz's funeral brought hundreds of mourners together during a service where he was referred to as a "G.I. Joe," a decorated police departement veteran and a hero.

The determination that the officer's death was a suicide is very important for any would-be murder suspects, as they will not be wrongly charged. However, it may negatively impact the ability of the officer's family to pursue claims relating to him dying in the line of duty, and it could nullify life insurance settlements that family members might have been able to receive.