Ex-cop scattered casings, fired shots to back up fake story
ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) — A former police officer in Arkansas who admitted to fabricating a story that he was shot during a traffic stop has been arraigned.
Court documents say Sgt. David Houser made it look like a shooting occurred by scattering shell casings in the road and firing rounds into a nearby field.
Houser initially said a driver he pulled over had brandished a handgun and shot him Oct. 24. He later amended his story to say he shot himself in the chest.
Houser was fired and arrested on a charge of filing a false police report Nov. 3. He was charged in Lonoke County Circuit Court Monday morning.
Special prosecutor Jack McQuary says Houser pleaded not guilty.
Houser has been appointed a public defender. A trial date has been set for March.
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