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Report: Slain Fox Lake officer shot twice

An official speaking on condition of anonymity has told the Associated Press that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot twice — once in his bulletproof vest, and once under it. | Fox Lake Police Department photo

A local government official familiar with the investigation into the shooting death of a northern Illinois police officer says the lieutenant was hit twice: once in his protective vest and once at an angle that allowed the bullet to enter his chest.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation. The official says the fatal shot was fired from above the vest in a downward direction.

The official said it has yet to be determined whether Gliniewicz fired those two shots himself and that technicians are testing his hands for gunpowder residue. They’re also running tests on any material under his fingernails that might point to a close-quarters struggle with an attacker, the official said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says several shots were fired, but hasn’t said whether any came from the officer’s weapon or how many times Gliniewicz was hit.

Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, known to many as “G.I. Joe,” was shot dead Sept. 1 in the village northwest of Chicago.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says several shots were fired, but hasn’t said whether any came from the officer’s weapon or how many times Gliniewicz was hit.

The sheriff’s office has said Gliniewicz reported chasing three men before dispatchers lost contact with him.

The county’s major crimes task force is also awaiting lab results on several items, including DNA recovered at the scene that does not belong to the lieutenant. They say they’re also waiting for ballistics test results.