Thursday, October 04, 2018
A police officer in Georgia has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for falsely claiming in 2016 she had been shot at by a black man, officials said. On Sept. 13, 2016, Sherry Hall, then a cop with the Jackson Police Department, said she had been shot by a 6-foot, 230-pound African American man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Hall said the shooting was unprovoked and that when she realized she was shot, she took cover behind her patrol car and fired two rounds in response. A bullet was found lodged in her protective vest, authorities said. Officers responded to Hall's radio calls for help in droves, swarming the wooded cul-de-sac and then Butts County at large in search of the suspect. For days, police searched for the man who shot Hall, and at one point, investigators even questioned a man resembling the suspect's description.
But eventually, officials said they noticed holes in Hall's account of what happened. Hall's squad car's video system was recording during the incident and only picked up two shots being fired, not three, Assistant District Attorney James Moss told the Journal-Constitution. Though three shell casings were found at the scene, the two found near Hall's car matched her gun and the one found in the woods where she said the shooter was actually matched a department-issued backup firearm, Moss said.
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