SANTEE (CNS) - A security guard who said someone shot at him and he fired back while patrolling near Gillespie Field made up the story and may be charged with lying to police, a sheriff's official said Thursday.
Lance Wright, 22, of Lakeside, admitted Wednesday during questioning that he lied and shot his own car, Sgt. Scott Enyeart said.
He said he wanted to get out of the security business and believed the phony shooting would provide him with an excuse to quit, he said.
A similar report that Wright filed about coming under gunfire in the same general area in February was bogus as well, the sergeant said.
Earlier, Wright claimed someone in a red Chevrolet Suburban shot at him shortly before 4 a.m. Friday as he drove east on Woodside Avenue, near state Route 67, in Santee.
Wright told detectives he stopped, got out of his car and returned fire.
Detectives were skeptical about the story from the outset.
"The evidence did not reflect ... his version of the incident," the sergeant said.
When confronted with the discrepancies, Wright, who worked for Bravo 3 Security, eventually confessed to his deception, Enyeart said.
Wright appeared embarrassed when he admitted the truth, Enyeart said. He was released pending the outcome of an investigation.
Sheriff's investigators plan to seek charges against Wright, likely including filing a false police report, negligent discharge of a firearm, felony vandalism and planting false evidence.
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