A Los Angeles County Sheriff is under a criminal investigation for falsely claiming he was shot at the Lancaster sheriff’s station on Wednesday, August 21. After the claims were made the authorities went on the search for the alleged sniper. The efforts resulted in a massive police response. The authorities mainly investigated a building next to the station where the deputy alleged he was shot. Ultimately, the shooter was never found because the incident did not occur. Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon discussed in a news conference around 11 p.m that the assault was a fabrication.
A Facebook message was posted on the Lancaster Sheriff’s station page which followed the news conference the next day. The deputy who made the false allegations was identified as Deputy Angel Reinosa. Reinosa claimed that in the afternoon on Wednesday, he was shot and struck in the chest around 2:50 p.m. The incident occurred in the parking lot as he was walking to his car. It was believed at the time that the officer was saved by wearing a bulletproof vest.
Upon closer inspection, there were no bullets found at the scene and there were many inconsistencies with Deputy Reinosa’s explanation. Additionally, after he was transported to the hospital, no visible injuries were found. As the investigation progressed that day, the scrutiny of his account began to arise amongst all the professionals involved. By 9:30 p.m. Officer Reinosa was under intense suspicion and he eventually admitted that he was not actually shot. It is unclear at this time what Deputy Reinosa’s reasoning was for making up the story, but it was indicated that Deputy Reinosa was not performing well during the probationary training period of his first year.
The Results of Filing a False Claim
The Los Angeles County district attorney will take over and Deputy Reinosa is going to face charges for filing a false report about crime as a result. Penal Code 148.5 in California applies when an individual knowingly reports a false crime, and it is considered a misdemeanor in the state. If, however, this is not your first offense, this crime can result in the misdemeanor being bumped up to a felony charge.
Penalties can include up to six months in jail. The ultimate outcome will be determined by a judge who will look at:
- Criminal history
- The motive for making the false report
- Consequences of the report
The judge may decide probation in lieu of jail time, a combination of both, or the full extent of jail time under the law.
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