NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH – The Tuscarawas County Sheriff said a Newcomerstown police officer made up a story about being shot on April 11.
Officer Bryan Eubanks, 37, originally said he was investigating a meth lab operating out of a Geo Tracker. He said the suspects shot him in the arm and drove off.
“I think he was shooting to kill me because the gun was originally pointed at my face and I moved and that’s how I got shot in the arm but yeah he was trying to kill me,” Eubanks told NBC4 after the incident, which triggered an Ohio Blue Alert and a manhunt for the two suspects.
Investigations revealed the Eubanks made up the story after he shot himself in a failed suicide attempt.
Sheriff Orvis Campbell said Eubanks claims he was under emotional stress before he shot himself.
Eubanks was fired in Tuesday after 14 years on force.