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A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy admits he lied about being shot by a sniper

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A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy who claimed to have been attacked by a sniper last week has confessed to lying about the supposed incident.

“Reinosa admitted he was not shot at as he previously claimed,” L.A. County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said regarding Angel Reinosa, the California sheriff’s deputy who was still a trainee when he claimed on Wednesday that he had been attacked by an unknown sniper, according to ABC News. “He also told investigators he had caused the holes in his uniform by cutting it. There was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder.”

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 This article first appeared in Salon.

According to Wegener, Reinosa did not provide a rational explanation for why he would lie about something so serious.

“Much of his statement was self-serving, didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Wegener told reporters.

Although it is unclear how the district attorney’s office will proceed in terms of criminal charges, it is unlikely that Reinosa won’t face any kind of legal consequence given the seriousness of his false accusation. That said, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon made it clear that the deputy would be fired and that the department is “incredibly disappointed” in his conduct.

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As Wegener pointed out during his press conference, there were serious flaws in the official’s story almost from the beginning.

“There were several things that were curious. There was no ballistic evidence in the parking lot at all. No bullet was recovered. … There were many things that didn’t add up,” Wegener explained.

On the day of the supposed shooting, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris strongly condemned the alleged act and emotionally told reporters, “The only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on.”

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While Reinosa’s story appears to have been a hoax, there have been several shootings of police officers in the United States over the past month, according to CNN. In Texas Deputy Quinton Goodwill of Harris County was shot multiple times on Wednesday as he approached a vehicle in Houston during a routine traffic stop and was likely saved by the fact that he was wearing a bulletproof vest. In southern Missouri a state trooper and sheriff’s deputy were wounded as State Highway Patrol officers helped Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputies serve an eviction notice at a local residence. As recently as last week, six Philadelphia police officers were wounded while serving a narcotics warrant, prompting a standoff that lasted for almost eight hours.

In addition earlier this month an Illinois state trooper was shot while serving a search warrant at a home in the town of Wheeling. Also earlier this month a shooting in Odessa, Texas caused at least one officer to be hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Loose gun control laws have long imperiled the lives of police officers, which is why the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest professional association for police leaders, has supported measures like stronger regulations on concealing and carrying weapons, banning semi-automatic assault weapons, creating a felony firearm conviction registry and supporting a waiting period for purchasing handguns, closing gun show loopholes and prohibiting the sale of armor-piercing ammunition.

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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

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"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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