Law enforcement recently arrested a man who allegedly lied about being shot in Newark, NJ. It turned out that the man may have actually been injured during a police shootout in Pennsylvania.
The Newark Police Department sent police officers to University Hospital in Newark NJ after getting a report about a shooting victim. When Newark cops arrived at the hospital, they talked to the suspect. The suspect reportedly told detectives that he was shot during an altercation in the area of South 20th Street and Springfield Avenue in Newark, NJ.
When Newark NJ detectives investigated the suspect’s story, however, they allegedly found out that sustained his gunshot wounds during a violent shootout with cops in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre is situated more than 100 miles from Newark, NJ.
According to officials, the suspect ran from police officers in Wilkes-Barre PA. The cops chased him and reportedly shot him at least once.
Anthony Ambrose, the Newark public safety director, issued a statement about the strange situation and said that the suspect faces criminal charges for making a false report to police.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. At some point, he will likely be extradited to Pennsylvania and face charges for aggravated assault on a police officer.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Shot by Pennsylvania Police Lied About Newark Attack, Cops Say.”