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Arkansas Officer Acknowledges 'Fabricating' Shooting Story

November 03, 2015  | 

An England, AR, police officer who said he exchanged gunfire with a suspect last month has been arrested on a charge of filing a false police report and has been fired from his position, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The arrest came after 50-year-old David Houser acknowledged he had "fabricated" the story and fired the shot that hit his bulletproof vest, England Police Department chief Nathan Cook said.

"It's every chief's worst nightmare to get a call that your officer has been shot or involved in a shooting," Cook said. "To investigate and find out it's self-inflicted just puts a whole different spin on it."

Houser, of Scott, surrendered to authorities earlier Tuesday and was released from the Lonoke County jail before 10 a.m., officials said.

State police said in a statement that Houser on Oct. 24 reported he was on patrol when he "exchanged gunfire with a suspect who fled from him driving a sport utility vehicle" on Arkansas 15 south of England. Houser also said he had been shot, the statement noted, though the bullet didn't penetrate the vest.

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Robert @ 11/3/2015 1:46 PM

I can at least understand staging a shooting if you accidentally shot yourself...and are looking for some type of insurance payout scam.
But it appears this guy staged an entire shooting, including dropping different caliber brass in the area.
I think the local judge should have ordered a mental health review...because I bet he still has guns at the house....and this may end badly all around.
I am glad I was not a "Hispanic Male in my 30s" driving an SUV during this incident.

bo2234 @ 11/4/2015 2:22 PM

Robert, if you are LE, pleeease find a new career. You don't belong here. I can understand NOTHING!! There is NO excuse for this. I've made mistakes. We all have. You own up to them and move on. This is just another embarrassment by someone who doesn't belong.

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