Sep 4, 2015 11:45 PM

Audio recordings of call from officer accused of fabricating shooting story

MILLIS, Mass. - A Millis police officer now faces charges after Massachusetts State Police say he told a big-time lie. On Wednesday, Officer Bryan Johnson claimed someone shot at his cruiser right before he crashed. Just released recordings of police scanner talk that day reveal what Johnson allegedly said.

"4-8 my cruiser's been shot at. I'm out on Forest Road. It's going to be a dark maroon pickup," Johnson said when he made his first call.

His call spurred a major manhunt and a shelter-in-place order for residents. But officials say Johnson fabricated the whole thing.

Johnson reportedly claimed he had been shot at three times while checking on a disabled vehicle, he said he fired back, then crashed when trying to catch the gunman. His cruiser caught on fire.

Investigators say the only bullets they found came from Johnson's own weapon.

Johnson now faces charges of misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a weapon.

Johnson's on paid administrative leave during the investigation.


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