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LA County sheriff: Deputy in false shooting report is fired

Associated Press

Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says a deputy who falsely reported being shot by a sniper has been fired.

The sheriff said Wednesday that Angel Reinosa no longer works for the Sheriff’s Department as of Tuesday night.

Villanueva says he can’t comment on the personnel matter and can’t speculate on motive.

This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 file image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows a sheriff's department helicopter with a sniper in an open door searching for a gunman at large in Lancaster, Calif. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department now says a deputy who claimed he was shot in a station parking lot earlier this week was lying.

Villanueva says investigators intend to present a case to the district attorney’s office. He says Reinosa could face prosecution for filing a false report. It’s unclear if Reinosa has an attorney.

On Aug. 21, Reinosa radioed from the Lancaster sheriff’s station parking lot that he’d been shot in the shoulder. That triggered an extensive search of an adjacent building.

The sheriff said the deputy had only a minor contusion and later acknowledged he had not been shot.