Crime

Man behind bars after shooting himself, lying to police

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WRIC) - A man is behind bars after lying to police that he was shot, when in fact, he shot himself. 

Eric H. Jones, 23, a white male, reported to police that two black men approached him at the Econo Lodge and one of them shot him. Police spoke to witnesses however and learned Jones had falsified his statement.

Furthermore, a search by police revealed a firearm inside Jone's room. Police discovered the gun was stolen. 

Jones was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to a lower extremity. He was then taken into police custody. He is charged with possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, reckless handling of a firearm and filing a false police report. 

Jones is being held at the regional jail without bond. 


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