A California man who shot himself admitted that to police this week that he had lied and blamed the shooting on an African-American man.
In a Monday interview, Brent Thomas Posada told Redding police that he intentionally shot himself with a high-power air rifle on Feb. 1, according to The Record Search Light.
Officers had become involved after Shasta Regional Medical Center reported a gunshot victim to authorities.
At the time, Posada had claimed that he was standing on the sidewalk when a man approached him and pointed a handgun at his head. Posada said that he pushed the suspect’s arm to the side and was shot in the abdomen.
He had described the black male suspect as 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, and in his late 20s. Posada said that the man had been “wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt, blue jeans and black, high-top shoes with silver stripes,” the The Record Search Light reported.
But after investigators found no evidence and in the area, and Posada’s clothing and injuries contradicted his version of events, he changed his story during Monday’s interview. Posada said that he had been in his apartment when he intentionally shot himself.
The case was referred to Shasta County district attorney’s office to determine if charges would be filed.
[Photo credit: Brent Thomas Posada/Facebook]