Timeline of events in death of Illinois police officer

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Posted: Nov 04, 2015 11:58 AM

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A northeastern Illinois sheriff's office on Wednesday announced the results of its investigation into the Sept. 1 shooting death of a police officer, which led to a large manhunt. Here is the timeline of events pertaining to the death of Fox Lake police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.

— Tuesday, Sept. 1:

7:52 a.m. — Gliniewicz, who is on his way to work, radios to say he has spotted suspicious individuals and is checking them out.

7:55 a.m. — He radios again to say the three men — two white and one black — ran into a swampy area and he is pursuing. He asks for backup.

8:01 a.m. — Two more police officers arrive.

8:09 a.m. — Officers find Gliniewicz's body about 50 yards from his squad car.

— Wednesday, Sept. 2: Hundreds gather at a Fox Lake park for a vigil for Gliniewicz. Authorities use dogs and aircraft to search for suspects.

— Thursday, Sept. 3: Authorities use at least 100 investigators to broaden the hunt from the initial 2-square-mile perimeter.

— Friday, Sept. 4: $50,000 reward offered for capture and conviction of those suspected of killing Gliniewicz.

— Saturday, Sept 5: Lake County Sheriff's Office detective says investigators have recovered new piece of "significant" evidence.

— Monday, Sept. 7: Hundreds of police officers from around the country attend Gliniewicz's funeral with a mile-long procession through Fox Lake.

— Tuesday, Sept. 8: The Lake County Major Crime Task Force holds a news conference to say a promising lead didn't pan out but that they are trying to identify DNA left at the crime scene.

— Wednesday, Sept. 9: The Lake County coroner says Gliniewicz died of a "single devastating" gunshot wound, but that it can't rule whether his death was a homicide, suicide or accident.

— Thursday, Sept. 10: Police leading the investigation call the coroner's release of Gliniewicz's cause of death inappropriate and potentially harmful.

— Saturday, Sept. 12: Former Chicago police officer Joseph A. Battaglia is charged with a felony for allegedly threatening the Lake County coroner and investigators unless they categorized Gliniewicz's death as a suicide.

— Wednesday, Sept. 16: Gliniewicz's son, Donald "D.J." Gliniewicz, says his father "never once had a single suicidal thought in his life."

— Monday, Sept. 21: Police say they received the results of gun residue and ballistics tests but that they don't support or exclude any theories in Gliniewicz's death.

— Thursday, Oct. 1: Police hold a news conference to say Gliniewicz was shot twice with his own weapon and there were signs of struggle at the scene.

— Wednesday, Oct. 13: A woman from a nearby community pleads not guilty to falsely telling police she saw suspects wanted in Gliniewicz's death.

— Tuesday, Nov. 3: The Lake County Sheriff's Office calls a Wednesday news conference to announce the results of its investigation into Gliniewicz's death.

— Wednesday, Nov. 4: Authorities say Gliniewicz elaborately staged his own death and had embezzled thousands of dollars over seven years from the Fox Lake Police Explorers club, which he oversaw. They say he spent the money on mortgage payments, travel and adult websites, among other things.