A police investigation into a Friday shooting has revealed that a Columbus man accidentally shot himself in the butt but told authorities a gunman assaulted him.
Maurice Brown, 29, was taken to Midtown Medical Center after the 7:36 p.m. shooting in the 700 block of Harold Street.
After police were called to check on a shooting victim, Brown told officers he heard a gunshot as he stepped from his vehicle in the yard. Brown said he didn’t see the gunman but there was a man dressed in all black riding a bicycle when the shooting occurred.
An investigation determined that Brown accidentally shot himself with a pistol in his back, right pant pocket.
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After his release from the hospital, he will face a false report of a crime charge.