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GA Cop ‘Made Up’ Story About Being Shot

A rookie police officer in Jackson, Georgia allegedly lied about being shot by a black man, prompting a 10-day hunt for an active shooter who didn’t exist. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation found that Sherry Hall fabricated a tale about being shot by a black man on Sept. 13. Hall, a white woman who’d been on the job for only three months, now faces four felony charges, including evidence tampering and lying to investigators. Hall called out for help on her police radio on Sept. 13, claiming a 6-foot tall, 230-pound black man wearing a green shirt and jogging pants had shot her and taken off. The call triggered a massive police response, with a manhunt for the suspect lasting nearly two weeks. But GBI Special Agent Joe Wooten said Friday that “there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson.” Investigators quickly found inconsistencies and contradictions in Hall’s story, Wooten said, and eventually she stopped cooperating with the investigation. Hall is currently on paid administrative leave after she checked herself into a facility to seek help, though “upon release, she will be arrested,” Wooten said.