CHICAGO (CBS) — One month after a Fox Lake police officer was shot and killed in a marshy area of the northern suburb, police confirmed for the first time that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot twice with his own weapon.
Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko said Gliniewicz was shot once on the right front side of his protective vest, and once in the upper chest. Also for the first time, Filenko revealed testing found gunshot residue on Gliniewicz’s hands, but said those tests were inconclusive in determining whether Gliniewicz fired the weapon, or if his hands simply were near the gun when it was shot.
“In layman’s terms the weapon could have been fired by Lieutenant Gliniewicz, or he could have been in close proximity to the weapon being fired,” Filenko said.
Filenko said, according to the coroner’s report in the case, the first shot – which struck Gliniewicz’s vest – would have hit him with force similar to a sledgehammer. The second shot missed his vest, and struck him in the upper left chest, killing him, according to Filenko.