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Shooting of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was made up

Posted at 9:16 AM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 12:43:54-04

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. — Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who said he was shot by a sniper is now admitting to making up the whole story. The incident took place in Lancaster last Wednesday when the officer said he was shot.

At the time, the sheriff's department said the incident was targeting a deputy and the mayor described the shooter as a sniper. But now LA County Sheriff's investigators say Deputy Reinosa made it all up.

"Angel Reinosa admitted that he was not shot at. He also told investigators that he had caused the holes in his uniform shirt by cutting it with a knife. There was no sniper. No shots fired and no gunshot injuries sustained to a shoulder. Completely fabricated," explained Captain Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Reinosa is being relieved of his duties and a criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing