A Massachusetts police officer who said someone shot at his police cruiser Wednesday afternoon before it crashed and caught on fire is accused of fabricating the story, according to police.
This lie caused authorities to sweep the area and schools were closed down. A manhunt was underway.
“My cruiser’s been shot at. I’m at Forest Road. It’s going to be a dark maroon pickup traveling in the opposite direction,” the officer radioed to dispatch at 2:17 p.m.
The officer, 24, said he spun around, and in an attempt to avoid gunfire from a red maroon truck and seek shelter, he slammed into a tree and the cruiser burst into flames, according to WCVB.
“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,” Millis Police Sgt. William 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.”
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The officer fired the shots himself.
Dwyer said the officer will be terminated, and his name will not be released until the investigation is complete.
“I am very upset and don’t know how to feel right now,” Dwyer said. “The public is safe and should feel secure in their homes and the community.”
The unidentified officer was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and was later released, police said.
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