One year later, officials stunned by 'betrayal' of Fox Lake cop who staged suicide

( - This Labor Day weekend marks one year since Fox Lake, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz staged his on-the-job suicide to look like murder—sparking a massive investigation and nationwide manhunt for three "killers" who didn’t exist.

Fox Lake officials are still picking up the pieces of the stunning event. “It was a betrayal to the profession and the community,” Chris Covelli, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective, told

On Sept. 1, 2015, 52-year-old Gliniewicz radioed in from a rural area of Fox Lake that he was getting out of his cruiser to check on three suspicious men, two white and one black. A short while later Gliniewicz was found shot to death, one bullet hitting his bulletproof vest, the other striking him below the vest, near his heart. His glasses and other belongings were found strewn around the swampy area, leading investigators to believe the officer engaged in some type of struggle. 

However, in a stunning twist, police discovered Gliniewicz carefully staged his suicide to look like murder. Investigators learned the corrupt cop apparently caved under the pressure of living a shocking double life for nearly two decades.

"It's unheard of in our profession that anyone would think to do something like that and it just shows the emotional state that he must have been in over all of this and knowing that we were getting closer to finding out what was really going on," said Fox Lake Village Administrator, Anne Marrin.

Read the full story on

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

More Stories You May Be Interested In - includes Advertiser Stories