Shreveport police have arrested a man they say fabricated an armed robbery story to cover up the fact that he accidentally shot himself.
Xavier Anderson, 24, was taken into custody Sunday morning and charged with criminal mischief for allegedly filing a false police report in connection with an incident back on November 3. Police say they were called to the emergency room at University Health in Shreveport, where Anderson had shown up with a gunshot wound to his left hand.
According to police, Anderson told investigators he was walking on Hearne Avenue when a male suspect approached him, produced a handgun and attempted to rob him. Anderson alleged he grabbed the suspect's firearm and it went off, striking him in the hand. According to the victim, the suspect fled the scene of the crime on foot.
Police say detectives began their investigation and, based on information gathered during the course of their inquiry, learned the victim had not been truthful with the responding officers and that, in fact, no attempted robbery had occurred. Authorities discovered Anderson actually accidentally shot himself in the hand and then fabricated the story about the robbery.
Anderson, of the 2900 block of Harp Street in Shreveport, was taken into custody without incident Sunday morning and booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of criminal mischief. Criminal mischief is defined in part by Louisiana law as the "giving of any false report or complaint to a sheriff, or his deputies, or to any officer of the law relative to the commission of, or an attempt to commit, a crime."
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