Shooting victim accused of lying to police

2013-08-15T13:45:00Z 2013-08-16T06:38:03Z Shooting victim accused of lying to policeJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A man who claimed he was shot at a local gas station Saturday afternoon now is accused of lying to police.

The man, who is not being named pending the filing of formal charges, told police Saturday he was standing outside his vehicle at the Speedway gas station on U.S. 6 and Swanson Road when he heard a "bang" and realized he had been shot.

He drove himself to the hospital. Hospital staff called police.

"After detectives conducted the investigation, it was determined that the male victim lied about where the shooting actually occurred," Portage police Sgt. Keith Hughes said Thursday in a written statement.

Apparently, the 33-year-old man was shot when a pistol an acquaintance was handling accidentally discharged at a home in Portage. The man was struck in the chest with the bullet and required surgery.

"As a result of the investigation, false informing charges have been filed against the victim and the charges are currently waiting to be reviewed by the prosecutor's office," said Hughes, adding the person who was in possession of the pistol is not being charged.

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