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Man shot himself in leg and lied to avoid being arrested

On March 8th at 12:52 p.m. a male subject was sitting in his car in the south parking lot in the 5800 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South.   The subject flagged down a passerby and said that he had been shot in the leg and asked the passerby to call for help.

Officers and SFD responded to the scene.  The subject was treated at the scene by medics and transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) for his non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

After examining the scene officers suspected that the subject accidently shot himself. 

The subject’s “story” was that a black male shot him after an argument and fled the scene.  A pistol was recovered in the bushes near the subject’s car.  Later at HMC, the subject admitted to shooting himself.  He told Gang detectives that he made up the story to avoid being arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gang Unit detectives have positively identified the South Seattle man.  He has been investigated and released pending his on-going treatment at HMC.  Gang Unit detectives continue to actively investigate.