Gliniewicz autopsy documents released

  • Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

    Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

Updated 11/18/2015 7:40 PM

The Lake County coroner's autopsy report on Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was released on Wednesday and reiterates what officials said earlier this month: that the officer's death was a suicide.

The 24-page report was released to ABC 7 on Wednesday but is dated Nov. 3 and signed by Coroner Thomas Rudd.


The report states that Gliniewicz died at 8:25 a.m. as a result of a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest and that the manner of death was a suicide, which officials stated during a news conference on Nov. 4 when describing his death as "carefully staged."

The report details the first gunshot, which went through Gliniewicz's cellphone and protective vest, causing a 4-inch-by-4-inch purple bruise. The second gunshot was fired under his vest, entered his left upper chest and traveled downward at an angle of 40 degrees before lodging in his ribs, the report says.

The report also said Gliniewicz was originally found face down and that the coroner did not observe any defensive wounds or signs of a struggle.

A toxicology report was also included in the released documents, which found caffeine and nicotine in Gliniewicz at the time of death, but no drugs or alcohol.

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