February 13, 2014 12:45 pm -

Brent Posada of Redding, CA said he struggled with a black man over a handgun and was shot in the stomach.

Then, police quizzed Posada about his report on the wound that sent him to the hospital, and discovered that there was no menacing black man, only Posada shooting himself with a high-powered air rifle.

According to the Redding Police Department, officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim at Shasta Medical Center, and when they questioned the victim, Brent Posada, he told them that a “black male adult, mid to late twenties, 6’0”, 185 pounds, black hair,” approached him and pointed a black handgun at him. Posada said he pushed the man’s arm to the side as the gun went off, and he was hit in the stomach. Posada told police the man was wearing a “black hoodie style sweatshirt, blue jeans and black high top shoes with silver stripes.”

The shooting, and the suspect’s description, were widely reported by local news stations, who interviewed shocked neighbors about the at-large suspect. The news was also likely unwelcome to Redding’s 1.2% black population.

This week, though, police disclosed that Posada had made the story up, and that the wound he suffered was self-inflicted:

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.