Following a string of violent attacks on law enforcement officers, one Massachusetts cop reported that he was targeted by a gunman as he sat in his patrol car Tuesday afternoon. The incident culminated with the vehicle crashing into a nearby tree and catching fire.
Western Journalism reported at the time that authorities in Millis and surrounding communities soon launched a manhunt for a white male subject witnesses said might have been the shooter. Multiple agencies contributed to the search, which utilized air and ground resources.
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As it turns out, however, the unidentified officer apparently invented the entire narrative. Millis Police Sgt. William Dwyer explained Thursday that locals are not in any danger, noting that there is not a gunman on the loose. “We have determined that the officer’s story was fabricated,” he revealed, “—specifically, that he fired shots at his own cruiser as a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon.” Investigators believe the officer shot at his own vehicle, Dwyer said, noting that he will be fired. The 24-year-old officer has been described as a rookie cop who has not attended police academy. “I am very upset and don’t know how to feel right now,” Dwyer said. Social media users almost unanimously maligned the officer’s behavior, though their reasons varied. Some wondered if he truly believed he would get away with such a stunt …
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… while others concluded that his actions give credibility to anti-police protesters while taking the focus away from officers who have been injured and killed in recent attacks. h/t: TheBlaze Why do you think an officer would fire multiple rounds into his own cruiser? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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