CARUTHERSVILLE - Criminal charges may be filed against a Hayti Heights police officer who falsely reported he was shot.
At 5:28 a.m. Sunday, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office received a distress call from a Hayti Heights police officer reporting he was shot and could be located on Pascola Road in Hayti Heights. Pemiscot and Dunklin County deputies responded along with officers from Hayti, Caruthersville and Kennett Police Departments who found the officer in his patrol car. The man was transported by ambulance to Pemiscot Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The officer state he had traveled north on Pascola Road to check on high water. He stated he got out of his patrol car when he heard two shots from a distance and was hit in the lower back twice but the bullets were stopped by his bullet-proof vest.
A search of the area revealed no suspects.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drugs and Crime Control joined Pemiscot County investigators and they determined the entire incident was a false report by the officer. Apparently the officer had taken his vest and uniform shirt off earlier in the night at a different location and shot the shirt and vest with his back-up weapon.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said the case will be reviewed by Pemiscot County Prosecutor Mike Hazel who could file charges for making a false report against the officer.
Also Greenwell offered his thanks to the various law enforcement agencies for assistance in investigating the shooting.