Deputy Admits To Fabricating Story About Being Shot By Sniper
A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy has confessed to fabricating a story where he reported that he was shot in Lancaster by a sniper.
The deputy claimed that he was shot in the shoulder on Wednesday by a sniper. An operation was then launched for a huge manhunt in Lancaster.
Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, had two holes in his shirt when he claimed that he was shot by a sniper. He informed others by reporting it over his radio.
“I have taken shots from the north of the Lancaster helipad,” the deputy is heard saying over the radio. “I think I’m hit in the right shoulder.”
However, upon inspection officers did not find any injuries on his shoulder. He later confessed to putting the holes in his shirt with a knife.
According to ABC7, Reinosa has been terminated and will face charges for falsifying a police report.
“There was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder. Completely fabricated,” said Capt. Kent Wegener with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
As of now, it is not clear why he lied about the incident.
“Most of his statement was self-serving, didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but he didn’t get into detail as to why he cut the holes or why he fabricated this story. No motivation,” Wegener added.