Mount Airy police have charged a local man with making a false report in which he allegedly claimed to have been shot during a road rage incident in the city.
However, an investigation revealed that Robert Lee Myers, 33, of 152 Justin Lane, had instead allegedly wounded himself accidentally. And he could face additional charges by Surry County authorities since the incident happened outside the city, a Mount Airy detective said Thursday afternoon shortly after Myers was charged.
It initially was reported that Myers had been shot early last Saturday afternoon on U.S. 52 near Merita Street during what was described as a “road rage confrontation.” He suffered a leg wound, considered minor, from a .25-caliber handgun with hollow-point ammunition.
The case came to the attention of Mount Airy police after Myers showed up at the local hospital for treatment and they were notified under routine procedure when gunshot wounds occur.
A subsequent investigation by the city detective unit, which included interviewing Myers, revealed that his initial explanation for the shooting was unfounded, according to Lt. Paul Barker of that division.
“He ended up admitting to us that he had made the story up,” Barker said, “and actually it is an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Saying that the reported location of the shooting in the city limits also was untrue, Barker added that the investigation determined it had occurred in the roadway on Paynetown Road in the Flat Rock area, in the county.
Det. Kyle James issued the charge against Myers Thursday for making a false report to a police station.
A further investigation is now in the hands of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
“We will be forwarding what we learned in our investigation,” Barker said Thursday. “We will be forwarding our case file to them.”
One possible reason for Myers concocting the road rage account surrounds the fact that he is subject to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon due to having the handgun. State prison records show he was convicted in November 2005 in Surry County on two felonies, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest.
Myers also might have been embarrassed over shooting himself accidentally, Barker said.
He was released Thursday on a $1,000 unsecured bond on the offense issued in the city, and is to appear in Surry District Court on Sept. 16.
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