Police: Soldier lied about shooting

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A soldier is in trouble with the law after Columbus Police say he made up a story about a drive-by shooting.

Around 6 AM Thursday, officers were called to 22-year-old Anthony Handford's home on Bullett Boulevard off Beaver Run Road. They found Handford, a soldier in the United States Army, with a bullet wound in his left foot.

Hanford told investigators he went to get gas early, realized he forgot his wallet when he got to the gas station and turned around to go back home to get it.

On the way, he said he stopped on the side of the road to see if maybe his wallet had fallen under a car seat. That's when Hanford claimed someone suddenly fired a gun at him from a random passing car driving down Milgen Road.

When he got home with his gunshot wound, he says he woke his wife who called 911.

Columbus officials say that story was fabricated and Handford lied about how the shooting happened.

In reality, investigators say he was with someone else at another location when he was shot accidentally. Handford says he does not know the name of the person who shot him.

Handford was treated and released from the Medical Center and charged with the False Report of a Crime, a misdemeanor.

Police say because of his injury, Handford was issued a summons to come to Recorder's Court on his charge on January 31st at 9 AM.

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