Official says disgraced Illinois cop tried to ‘put a hit’ on city official

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Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the Fox Lake, Illinois Police Department was shot and killed Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Police and federal officials searched the suburb north of Chicago for three suspects wanted in the shooting.

An official says an Illinois police officer who killed himself tried to arrange for a gang member “to put a hit” on a village administrator because he feared she would discover he had been embezzling money.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli also said Thursday that investigators found packets of cocaine in Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s desk after his Sept. 1 death.

Covelli says investigators recovered deleted text messages in which Gliniewicz mentioned the possibility of planting something on the administrator, Anne Marrin, although he says they don’t know if that’s why he had the cocaine.

Covelli says Gliniewicz sent the text about arranging the hit to a woman last April, asking for help arranging a meeting with a high-ranking gang member. He declined to give her name.

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