Early last September, some of you may remember a post I wrote about a Fox Lake police officer (Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz) getting shot and killed less than two miles from where I work. The story that day was of a police officer getting gunned down by three men and the assailants escaped on foot with his service revolver. I remember when my boss called to tell me what was going on. He told me to lock all the doors, gates and don’t let anyone I don’t know in. It was about that time I wished I had my concealed carry license… The ride home through Fox Lake was like a war zone. Every police acronym was there, along with every news station and supporters with #policelivesmatter signs.
Days later, the funeral brought 1500 municipalities together from the whole nation. You couldn’t drive through Fox Lake without seeing signs like, “Joe Mattered” or “RIP G.I. Joe” or the many blue ribbons flying from everything. The man was loved by his community.
A few days later, when the coroner’s report didn’t rule out suicide, the community was in an uproar. Many higher-up officials berated the coroner for his findings. Family swore this was not something he could do. His wife said they had planned vacations and a future, that’s not something a suicidal person does. (She knows nothing about suicide, does she?) Facts started to surface; Why was he out there so early? Where was the other gun? Why the late call for back-up?
Then the conspiracy theories started to rise to the surface. One was that Gliniewicz was to testify against two recently put-on-leave officers and the Fox Lake chief of police. Another had him involved in drugs. He had even impregnated a sixteen year old, in yet another media story. It was also rumored that he was murdered by fellow officers.
In the end, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s death was ruled a suicide. He shot himself once in the vest and one just to the side, which was the fatal shot. Turns out it was him that was under investigation. Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering thousands of dollars from the police department’s youth auxiliary program for personal purchases, the department said. The purchases included gym memberships, porn websites, and mortgage payments.
His wife will not get his pension. Many charities are demanding their money back from the family. (Why exactly did she deserve charity anyway??) She swears she didn’t know.
Us local taxpayers are also enjoying our $300,000 bill for the frivolous manhunt we endured that day.
In this case, this man was the biggest coward ever to choose suicide. He should have just admitted his crime and took his own punishment instead of placing it on his wife, family and the community.