A former Newcomerstown, Ohio Police Officer was sentenced for felony charges after he falsely reported he was shot while on duty last April.
Because of the false report that caused a widespread manhunt for an imaginary gunman, Bryan Eubanks received 90 days in jail, a $2,500 fine and 500 hours of community service, reported Cleveland 19.
After an investigation, it was revealed that he actually shot himself, and he was charged with inducing panic, making false alarms, tampering with evidence, forgery and workers compensation fraud.
An investigation revealed he actually shot himself and made up a story about stopping a car who’s driver opened fire.
After being caught in his own lies, Eubanks admitted he invented the story.
In an attempt to get pity from the court, his attorney said the former policeman was stressed to the breaking point, suffering night terrors and more telling Judge Edward O’Farrell at sentencing Monday, “Not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. He’s not one of them.”
Prosecutor Christian Sticken noted that the officer actually listed a real innocent person as the suspect. This could have easily ended in the death of an innocent person.
“He didn’t have to do that. He gave such detail, what clothing he was wearing. Things that were hard to see, they became suspicious,” said Sticken.
Eubanks has been fired by the police department and his peace officer certification will be revoked.