Okla. cop lied about being shot on duty, chief says

The officer said a suspect shot him twice in the chest. But none of it was true, police say

By Suzie Ziegler 

WILSON, Okla. — An Oklahoma police officer is out of a job after he was caught in a lie, police say.  

Last month, Officer Tyler Skinner said he was shot twice in the chest while patrolling, reported KFOR. Skinner claimed he was shot after he encountered a suspicious person and asked to pat him down. The man then pulled out a gun, shot Skinner and ran away. Skinner says he wasn’t injured because he had been wearing a ballistic vest. 

But none of that was true, said Wilson Police Chief Kevin Coley on Tuesday. 

“The evidence in the case was not lining up with the story that was given by Officer Skinner,” a post by the police department read. 

Coley says Skinner admitted that “he had fabricated the shooting and made up the complete story.” 

In February, right after the fake incident reportedly happened, the City of Wilson offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, reported KXII. That same report also said that police would be reviewing bodycam footage related to the incident. 

Skinner was fired from the department and the district attorney’s office may press charges, according to KFOR. 


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