TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, OH - An Ohio police officer who said he was shot during a traffic stop last week, has admitted to making the whole thing up.
Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell said in a news conference Tuesday, Newcomerstown Police Officer Bryan Eubanks fabricated the story and shot himself in a suicide attempt.
"So today, Chief Holland had the officer come in here to the sheriff's office. He brought him up with us, we were able to question him and he admitted that the entire story was false," says Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell. "Um, he is indicating that the injury was self-inflicted. I can tell you that this is at least the 3rd incident I can recall in my 24 years that this has happened. But the first one which actually produced an injury.
"So now you're going to think to yourself, the next question is, why? Um, why is where it gets a little sticky but I'll tell you what we know," Sheriff Campbell adds."What we know is that the officer confessed today that he has been struggling with some things emotionally since he recently worked on a very serious felony case -happened to be a murder, he was involved in. And he states that he has been having some health issues since then."
Eubanks has not been jailed, but Sheriff Campbell said he expects the officer will be charged with a crime.
The case will now move to the prosecutor's office.