Major announcement expected in Fox Lake officer’s death

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After weeks of mystery and speculation surrounding the death of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, authorities in Illinois appear ready to reveal what they’ve learned.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that it would provide “conclusive results of the investigation” at a news conference Wednesday morning.

“We respectfully urge all members of the media to refrain from reporting as fact; rumors, innuendo, hearsay, and speculation,” the office said.

Gliniewicz died September 1.

The Army veteran and father of four was on his way to work in the cruiser he had taken home the day before, when he said he saw three suspicious men. He sent word over his radio that he was pursuing them on foot.

A few minutes later, Gliniewicz requested backup. Then radio communication dropped off.

The lieutenant was found shot dead, roughly 50 yards from his vehicle. Authorities said he was killed with his own service weapon.

While Lake County officials have said the case is being handled as a homicide, other theories remain on the table, including the possibility of a self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound.

The coroner has said he can’t rule out a homicide, suicide or accident.