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Policeman fired for shooting his vehicle and sparking manhunt

By Karen Graham     Sep 3, 2015 in Crime
Millis - Authorities in Massachusetts announced on Thursday they have fired a police officer after he fabricated a story about someone in a pickup truck firing on his patrol car, causing it to crash and catch fire.
On Wednesday, the yet to be identified Millis, Mass. officer, who was a dispatcher hired as a part-time police officer, and in training to become a full-time police officer, claimed his car was fired upon by someone in a pickup truck.
The officer went on to say he exchanged gunfire with the individual who fled the scene after the patrol car crashed and caught fire. He actually described the shooter as being a white man driving a dark-colored pickup truck, possibly maroon, according to Fox News.
State police dispatched the agency's Air Wing to the scene, police from several towns were called in, as well as a K-9 unit, and the manhunt was on. While no one has said how long the manhunt lasted, it was discovered the whole story was a lie. Schools were even closed on Thursday, out of an abundance of caution.
CNN quoted Millis, Massachusetts, police Sgt. William Dwyer on Thursday as saying, "We have determined that the officer's story was fabricated. Specifically that he fired shots at his own cruiser as part of a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon."
The true story of what happened came about after several interviews with the part-time policeman, and along with other evidence, if was determined the whole story was fabricated, the Millis Police Department said in a statement. “The evidence indicates that the shots were not fired by a suspect and there is no gunman at-large in or around the town.”
The police department is not releasing the name of the part-time officer, but he has been fired and criminal charges will be filed. No information on the motive for the fabrication or the man's work record was released.
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