Colorado man charged after claiming he was shot in drive-by, but actually shot himself on accident

Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 17:56:26-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An 18-year-old man faces charges after he shot himself in the leg, then falsely told police he was shot in a downtown drive-by shooting instead.

Phillip Terry faces prohibited use of weapons and false reporting charges after the Thursday incident.

Terry had shown up to Penrose Hospital Thursday afternoon with a gunshot to his leg.

When police arrived to question him, as they customarily do with gunshot victims, he told officers he was walking downtown when a car drove by and shot him.

But police said that Terry’s injury and the probable trajectory the bullet would have traveled in the event of a drive-by shooting didn’t add up with his story.

They pressed him further, and he admitted that he had been “playing with” a handgun when it accidentally went off, hitting him in his leg.

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