Dyer man admits fake policeman story was a hoax

2012-01-10T17:00:00Z 2012-01-10T17:07:10Z Dyer man admits fake policeman story was a hoaxBy Lindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Dyer man who told police he had shot at a bogus cop admitted he had made it up, authorities said.

Hammond police launched an investigation after the 18-year-old told them he was pulled over by a man who posed as a police officer in the 600 block of 177th Street last week, Police Chief Brian Miller said Monday.

"He said he fired two shots at the fake policeman," he said. "But that wasn't true." Miller said the Dyer man, who has a gun permit, instead fired the shots into the ground.

The man was interviewed by detectives, who questioned him about his statements.

"The investigators interviewed him and pointed out inconsistencies in his story," he said.

Hammond police will be following up with Indiana State Police in reference to the permit, he said.

"He doesn't need a gun," he said.

The Dyer man gave police a description of a suspect as well as the getaway vehicle and told officers the fake cop demanded his wallet.

"He made it all up," Miller said.

The Dyer man had handcuffs in his car and said he wanted to be a police officer, Miller said.

Investigators are working on final details in the case and preparing to send possible charges to the prosecutor's office.

The man also may face consequences for firing his gun in Hammond, which is a violation of a city ordinance, Miller said.

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