The death of an Illinois police officer that set off a massive manhunt in September has been ruled a suicide.

According to BBC News, Lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz radioed to say he was chasing three suspects and was later found struck by two gunshots. Officers from about 50 Chicago-area police departments scoured the area for the three men for days to no avail.

Authorities now say that this was a ploy, staged by the officer who had been stealing money from the department’s youth programme for years.

An investigator said that the stolen money was used for mortgage payments, travel, personal purchases and more.

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