An Arkansas man shot himself on Monday and tried to blame it on a random black man — but his lies quickly fell apart when he was confronted by his own mother.
As reported by local news station WTVM 9, a 20-year-old man from Jonesboro, Arkansas told a law enforcement officer that he’d been shot with his own gun after a struggle with a black man who had tried to take the gun away from him.
The man told the officer that a “black male wearing all black ran up to him and pulled a gun from his hip area and pointed it at him.” In the ensuing struggle over the gun, the man said, the black man had fired off a shot and hit him in the hand.
But the man’s claim turned out to be a total fabrication, and his mother knew it. After she confronted him about his falsehoods, the man eventually admitted to police that he made up the entire story.
In reality, the man shot himself after he started playing with a random gun that he happened to find on the ground, and his mother explained to police that he “was scared to tell the truth because he doesn’t want to go to jail.”
The man was admitted to St. Bernards Medical Center to be treated for the wound.