(Reuters) – A Southern California sheriff’s deputy made up a narrative sniper shot him within the shoulder, an incident that despatched police SWAT groups attempting to find the gunman, authorities stated.
The deputy, Angel Reinosa, 21, admitted to investigators he was not shot as he walked to his automobile on Wednesday outdoors the sheriff’s division workplace in Lancaster Metropolis, California, police stated. Reinosa had earlier stated he was saved by the ballistic vest he was sporting.
“There was no sniper, no pictures fired and no gunshot damage sustained,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division Captain Kent Wegener advised reporters at a information convention late on Saturday. “Utterly fabricated.”
Reinosa didn’t inform investigators why he lied, however he admitted chopping a gap in his uniform utilizing a knife, Wegener stated.
The deputy’s false declare adopted three mass shootings in the USA this month, and a number of other arrests of individuals threatening mass shootings.
Reinosa’s report had put the town of some 170,000 residents on excessive alert as closely armed police hunted for the alleged sniper, who was believed to have opened hearth from a close-by condo complicated that caters to the mentally in poor health.
As soon as the sheriff’s division has accomplished its investigation, the district legal professional’s workplace might resolve whether or not to file fees, Wegener stated.
Lancaster Metropolis is about 70 miles (112 km) north of Los Angeles.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Enhancing by Lisa Shumaker