Authorities say a former Los Angeles sheriff, accused of falsely reporting that he had been shot by a sniper, was arrested
STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press
January 17, 2020 at 12:26 pm
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LOS ANGELES –
A former Los Angeles deputy sheriff, accused of falsely reporting that he was shot by a sniper, was arrested on Thursday, officials said.
Angel Raul Reinosa was arrested during a traffic stop in Sylmar and was indicted on suspicion of insurance fraud and for submitting a false police report, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Insurance fraud counts are related to a worker's claim for compensation.
He is due to be sued Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Reinosa radioed on August 21 that he had been shot in the shoulder in the Lancaster police station parking lot, leading to a massive search of buildings that lasted until night. Some people were evacuated, while others were sheltered on site and train service in the area was stopped.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva did not discuss Reinosa's motive, but the sheriff said he was concerned about the report after visiting the deputy at the hospital. He was fired soon after.
Officials said Reinosa drilled two holes in his shirt with a knife. He had been in the sheriff's department for a year and had joined Lancaster station for patrol training in May.
This story has been corrected based on new police information to show that the former deputy's surname is written Reinosa.