After days of searching for an alleged suspect, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Angel Reinosa has admitted that he fabricated the story claiming that he was shot outside of the Lancaster Sheriffs Department by a sniper.
News broke last Wednesday that Sheriff’s Deputy Reinosa was shot in the chest from a sniper in a nearby building. Authorities searched countless hours with each minute bring about more questions. Although police were not able to track a victim, they did locate a pellet gun that they believed may have been used.
Upon arrival to the emergency room, officials quickly noticed that despite Reinosa’s clothing displaying an entry and exit wound - his body suffered no visible harm.
Reinosa has now admitted to making the holes in his t-shirt with a knife.
NBC4 reports that Reinosa received unfavorable reviews during his training although it is unconfirmed if this is why he fabricated his story.
"I'm taking shots from the north of the Lancaster helipad," Reinosa said during a recording of the dispatch radio traffic. "I think I’m hit in the right shoulder, it might have gone through, but from the apartment complex to the north, I [unintelligible] two shots go off, my shirt’s ripped alright, if I can set, if I can set up a containment."
He continued by identifying a location where the shots were coming from.
"I think it's from the apartment windows. There's multiple windows open. I [unintelligible] know where the shots came from.”