Massachusetts cop faked an attack, fabricating a claim that a gunman shot at his cruiser.
According to the Associated Press, reported via MSN, a part-time officer in Millis Massachusetts told his superiors that someone had fired shots at his cruiser before it ran into a tree and burst into flames.
Millis Police Sergeant William Dwyer made the announcement Thursday, the day after the police department spent the day searching for the fictional gunman. Originally, the police said the gunman had fired two to three shots at the officer’s cruiser, with the officer returning fire. However, the ballistics tests showed that the only bullets at the scene were that of the officer’s, CBS Boston reports.
“We have determined that the officer’s story was fabricated. Specifically, that he fired shots at his own cruiser as a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon,” Dwyer said. “The evidence indicates the shots were not fired by a suspect, and there is no gunman at large in or around the town.”
On Wednesday, the whole town launched a manhunt for the gunman. Everyone was searching for the man who shot at the officer, including a SWAT team, K-9 officers, and a Massachusetts State Police helicopter.
The Massachusetts cop who faked the attack has yet to be identified, and it is not known if he set fire to his cruiser. However, charges are expected against the officer, and those charges will be determined by the police and prosecutors. Dwyer did not comment on or speculate as to what the officer’s motives could have been.
“I’m very upset and don’t know exactly how to feel right now except I’m concerned for the other members of the department,” he told reporters.
The officer was hired as a part-time officer in June and was supposed to start training to become full-time in the near future. However, the police say he will be fired from his position.