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New Information: Slain Fox Lake officer shot twice with own weapon, 9 unidentified DNA samples found at scene

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, was shot and died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015 that Gliniewicz, who died last week suffered a "single devastating" gunshot wound, but he can't rule whether it was a homicide, suicide or accident. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP, File)
FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, was shot and died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015 that Gliniewicz, who died last week suffered a “single devastating” gunshot wound, but he can’t rule whether it was a homicide, suicide or accident. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP, File)


 

UPDATE:  In addition to this morning’s release of information concerning the amount of DNA samples found at the scene of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s death, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Gliniewicz “was shot twice with his own weapon, once in the right side front of his protective vest and once in the upper left chest area,” the commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force said Thursday.  Earlier story below.

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Nine unidentified DNA samples were found at the scene where a suburban Chicago police officer was found shot to death last month and the killing is still being investigated as a homicide, a police commander said.

Investigators working to identify the DNA found where Fox Lake police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz died have taken more than 100 samples, including DNA from police who were close to the scene, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1O51P85 ).

Members of various police agencies gather as they continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals  believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
Members of various police agencies gather as they continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)

Questions have swirled around the investigation — particularly since the county coroner said he has been unable to rule the 52-year-old Gliniewicz’s death a homicide, suicide or an accident. A news conference is planned Thursday.

Gliniewicz’s body was found Sept. 1 after he radioed that he was pursuing three suspicious men in a remote area of the village just south of the Wisconsin state line. Despite a massive manhunt, police have not made any arrests or identified any suspects.

The investigation has taken so long because it is complex and the task force is doing detailed work, Filenko said.

“We leave no stone unturned,” Filenko said. “There’s been an inordinate amount of information presented to us.”

Investigators returned to the scene to recreate possible escape routes, including hunting trails, Filenko said.

Investigators believe Gliniewicz was in the area because the village recently purchased the property and there had been reports of vandalism and trespassing.

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