The Millis police officer who claimed he was fired upon by a man in a pickup truck on Wednesday fabricated his account, will be fired, and likely will face criminal charges, Millis police said Thursday.
The officer’s report triggered a massive response of heavily armed police officers who conducted an hours-long search for a suspect. The town closed its public schools Thursday as a precaution after the police dragnet on Wednesday.
The officer was driving a marked police SUV when, he said, he was fired upon by a white man in a pickup truck, which forced him to drive his SUV off the road and into a tree, where the vehicle caught on fire. He claimed he had fired back at the suspect.
But Millis police said Thursday the officer, whom they declined to identify, shot up the marked cruiser himself.