Someone shot me! No, wait...actually, I shot myself.
How did he do this?
Police say Say Shooting Report was False
Police say shooting report was false
Submitted by Scott Monroe on Mon, 11/30/2009 - 16:56
* Central Maine Newspapers
NEWPORT -- A local man and the two people who live with him face charges of filing false reports after the man claimed Sunday to have been injured by a bullet during a drive-by shooting.
In fact, he had accidentally shot himself in the leg, police said.
The man, Scott Bullard, 21, was treated and released from a local hospital for the non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to Newport Lt. Randy Wing.
Newport police received a call at 9:10 p.m. Sunday from the residents of 34 Sand Road, according to Wing, who was the patrol supervisor when the report came in. Sand Road is a dead-end street off Route 2.
Michelle Thompson, 20, had called 911 and told a police dispatcher that a man at the residence “had been shot in the leg by unknown persons driving past his residence in a pickup,” Wing said. The victim was identified as Bullard. Also living at the residence was Albert Ingerson, 26, who is Thompson’s boyfriend, Wing said.
Newport police responded, with Sgt. Sanger Davis leading the investigation. He was assisted by Lt. Wing and officer Chris McCrillis, as well as Maine State Police Brenda Coolen.
Bullard told police that he had just finished smoking a cigarette outside of the residence when he bent over to tie his sneaker and was shot, Wing said. Both Ingerson and Thompson backed up Bullard’s account of what happened, he said.
Bullard, who had a bullet wound through his left leg, was taken by ambulance to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, where he was treated and later released.
Wing said he interviewed Bullard at the hospital.
“He maintained his story, but I found some inconsistencies,” Wing said. “I pressed him and he confessed that it was self-inflicted. I don’t understand the reason for the fabricated story. I guess he was embarrassed.”
What actually happened, police allege, is that Bullard had tucked a 9-millimeter Jennings pistol — which was fully loaded — into the waistband of his pants while he was watching television. The handgun discharged and the bullet traveled through the outer fleshy area of Bullard’s leg, missing major arteries, Wing said.
“A matter of inches could have proved to be fatal,” Wing said.
Police seized the handgun from the residence and determined that the gun had fired because it had a defective safety for the trigger, Wing said.
As of Monday afternoon, police said they expected to charge Bullard, Thompson and Ingerson with Class D charges of false public alarm or report.
Wing said police were investigating whether the three suspects had prior criminal records. As a result of that research, Ingerson was arrested by police at the residence Monday at 3:30 a.m. on an active warrant, issued by Skowhegan District Court for unpaid fines and fees.