Deputies: Man accidentally shot himself, made up 'shootout' story in Mount Clemens
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A man accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday afternoon but called 911 and said he was shot by another person who was involved in a "shootout," according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies got the call about 3 p.m. Friday about a shootout between two men in Mount Clemens. A 49-year-old man had called 911 to report he had been struck by a bullet near Court and Park streets, where he said he saw two men crossing the intersection draw guns and start shooting at one another. One of the bullets hit him, he said.
He gave deputies descriptions of the men and said they fled in an unknown direction, according to the Sheriff's Office. The man said he went home, put away his groceries and then called 911. It was about 30 minutes after he was shot when he called 911. He was taken to McLaren Macomb Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his left leg.
Meanwhile, deputies searched for evidence of a shooting. They didn't find anything. Moreover, there were no reports of shots fired in the area.
Upon conducting another interview with the 49-year-old man on Monday, deputies said he admitted to making up the shooting story. In truth, there was no shootout. He had accidentally shot himself in the leg, according to the Sheriff's Office, and made up the "shootout" story.
The man could face charges including filing a false felony report and possession of a firearm by a felon. He has a prior felony conviction.
A Sheriff's investigative team hasn't found the gun.
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