Police: Toyota employee story of robbery false; wound called self-inflicted

jwarren@herald-leader.comJune 3, 2014 

The reported shooting of a man during a possible armed robbery attempt near the Toyota plant in Georgetown Monday night was bogus, police now say.

Officers determined as of Tuesday morning that there was no robbery attempt and that the gunshot wound suffered by the supposed victim was self-inflicted, Georgetown Police Capt. Robert Swanigan said.

Swanigan said an investigation into the case is continuing, and declined to comment on whether the wound was accidentally or deliberately inflicted.

However, he said the man probably will face charges of giving a false report to police. The man is a Toyota employee, according to police.

The man, who sustained a wound to his left side, was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. There was no word on his condition Tuesday morning.

"It caused a pretty heavy response last night from our agency, the Kentucky State Police and the sheriff's department," Swanigan said. "We scared a lot of people because we thought we had a robber or shooter on the loose, based on the story we were given."

According to police, officers were dispatched about 10:20 p.m. Monday to a reported robbery and shooting off Cherry Blossom Way, on property that is shared by Toyota and the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Swanigan said the man told officers at the scene that he had left the Toyota plant for a dinner break, stopped at an access road and stepped out of his vehicle.

According to Swanigan, the victim said he was approached by a man carrying a gun and that a struggle ensued. The gun discharged and the victim was wounded, Swanigan said.

"He indicated to us that he then retrieved his weapon from his vehicle and fired three shots at this alleged robber," Swanigan said. "Through our investigation, we have determined that the story was in fact false.

"There was not an armed robbery or attempted armed robbery of even another suspect. The victim had actually shot himself."

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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