A man from Spotsylvania, Virginia, shot himself in the leg over the weekend and attempted to blame the whole thing on two black men. Luckily, police caught him in the lie, and he was taken to jail and charged with a felony.
A FELON AND A LIAR
Deputies arrived at the at the Econo Lodge around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday. Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Carey told the Free Lance-Star that they received a report that a man was shot.
Upon arrival, deputies found a man named Eric Hunter Jones, with a single gunshot wound to his lower leg. He told the officers on the scene that two black males approached him outside the motel and that one of them shot him.
Detectives were called to the scene. They interviewed witnesses in an attempt to locate the possible suspects.
The detectives realized soon after, however, that there were no other suspects and the victim had actually shot himself.
Officers then searched Jones’ hotel room and located the gun that he used in the shooting. It was determined to be stolen, according to Carey. They took the “victim” to a local hospital for treatment before hauling him off to jail.
The 23-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon because he already was one, reckless handling of a firearm, felony receiving stolen property, and filing a false police report. Jones was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail and has no bond.
MAKE IT STOP
By no means is this the only racist incident to happen recently. Just last week a man shot at an unarmed black teenager when he stopped to ask for directions. Luckily, the boy was unhurt. His father is currently serving in Syria.
Sadly, considering who sits in the Oval Office and the divisive and hateful rhetoric he spews, there is no end in sight.
Suffice it to say, that Mr. Jones will likely spend a really long time in prison right beside a whole group of people he attempted to throw under the bus. Thank goodness, that in this case at least, the police were able to clear things up quickly and no one other than Jones ended up hurt.
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