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Philly Sergeant Shot Himself, Lied About Attack

May 13, 2010  | 

A Philadelphia sergeant who had said he was attacked by an unidentified black man has acknowledged he made up the story, Commissioner Charles Ramsey has announced.

The 21-year department veteran, Robert Ralston, has been suspended with intent to dismiss, Philly.com reports. Ramsey's claim of attack sparked a massive manhunt on April 5. From the report:

Ralston said he was on patrol in the early hours of April 5 when he stopped two men for questioning. One of the men ran, the other drew a gun and put it to Ralston's head, he told police. Ralston said he knocked the gun out of the way and it went off, grazing him in the shoulder. He told police he shot at the man as he ran off and possibly struck him.

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