A police officer could face charges for shooting up his own cruiser 'to concoct a story that he was fired upon'


Millis Police
A police officer in Massachusetts has been fired and may face criminal charges on after he was accused of firing shots at his own service vehicle and falsely reporting that he was ambushed, the Boston Globe reports.


The officer, who has not been named pending the charges, is a 24-year-old part-time member of the Millis Police force, who was scheduled to begin training to become a full-time officer.

Sergeant William Dwyer, a spokesman for the department, said in a press conference Thursday that the officer "fired shots into his own cruiser as part of a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon." Dwyer says "ballistic evidence recovered was that belonging to the part-time officer."

During the manhunt Wednesday, officials described the suspected gunman as a "white male with a tanned complexion, approximately 25 to 40 years of age."

The incident on Wednesday in Millis led to an extensive manhunt in the area south of Boston. The Globe reported heavily armed police swarmed the area in the hourslong search, putting local residents on edge, and forcing area schools close their doors Thursday as a result.


Sergeant Dwyer says after several interviews with the officer and an intense investigation, it was determined there was no shooter, and that the officer fabricated the story.

Dwyer did not offer any possible motives, but quickly distanced the officer's actions from the rest of the police force, saying "the other officers on this department are dedicated public servants and committed to the highest levels of integrity."