Indications of a Struggle at the Scene of the Fatal Shooting of Fox Lake Police Officer

CHICAGO (CBS) — Fox Lake Police confirmed for the first time that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot twice with his own weapon, one month after he was shot and killed.

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. However, Filenko said gunshot residue tests were inconclusive in determining whether Gliniewicz fired the weapon.

Investigators found indications of a struggle at the scene, but would not elaborate.

“In layaman’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.

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