A Massachusetts cop's faked attack has investigators claiming that Millis Police officer Bryan Johnson fabricated a shooting involving an unknown gunman. Now, Johnson claims he "blacked out" before the fake shooting.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Johnson originally said a gunman in a red pickup truck was threatening him, with the Massachusetts cop claiming he saw a "black-barreled handgun pointed out of the driverside window by a white tanned male.'' The man supposedly fired two shots "directly through the left side of his front windshield," so Johnson claimed he returned fire. The unknown assailant then fled from the scene.
Bryan Johnson's report of a gunman generated a manhunt involving SWAT teams, state troopers, K-9 units, and police helicopters. However, the investigators discovered the truth of the Massachusetts cop's faked attack when they ran ballistics tests on bullets recovered from the scene.
"Upon conclusion of those interviews, and as a result of all other evidence, we have determined that the officer's story was fabricated. Specifically, that he fired shots at his own cruiser as a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon," Millis Police Sergeant William Dwyer said. "The evidence indicates the shots were not fired by a suspect, and there is no gunman at large in or around the town."
The Millis police released a statement about the Massachusetts cop's faked attack. They say officer Bryan Johnson reported "blacking out" before driving his police cruiser into a wooded area and crashing. After the police car came to a rest, it began filling with smoke due to the vehicle catching fire. Officer Johnson quickly escaped the cruiser safely, but then he walked to the front of the cruiser and fired three shots with his duty weapon. After taking these actions, Officer Johnson called into the station to report being fired upon by a gunman.
According to the Boston Globe, Bryan Johnson was "charged with communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property, unlawful discharge of a firearm, misleading a criminal investigation and shooting a gun within 500 feet of a dwelling." According to WCVB, Johnson is undergoing psychiatric evaluation and will remain in a "medical facility" for the next six to 10 days. But Millis police say that as soon as Johnson is cleared they will execute the warrant for his arrest.
Friends were astonished that Johnson had been arrested.
"Nothing I can think would explain this," said Pedro Henrique Jungermann, a high school friend. "I'm still surprised and confused. None of this really makes sense to me. He didn't do the crazy stuff that all the other kids did. He was the type of friend who was always there when you needed him."
Regardless of the Massachusetts cop's faked attack, Sgt. Dwyer also agrees that Bryan Johnson is a "great person," and Chief Keith F. Edison once called him "an exemplary employee." Others say the fake shooting was very uncharacteristic of Johnson, and Dwyer hopes his fellow police officer gets the help he needs.
"We're human beings," Dwyer explained. "And obviously, something's wrong. And hopefully, he gets the help that he needs. And when he gets the help that he needs, you know what? I will still be his friend."
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