Police: Millis officer fabricated story about gunman

A police officer watches as a cruiser that was shot at is removed from Forest Road, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Millis, Mass. (John Blanding/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

MILLIS, Mass. (WPRI) — A police officer in Millis, Mass. will face criminal charges after officials said he made up a story about his cruiser being shot at prior to a crash.

State and local police began a manhunt Wednesday afternoon after the officer reported his cruiser was struck by bullets before it crashed and burst into flames.

At a news conference Thursday, police said the “permanent intermittent,” or part-time, officer has been terminated after it was determined the story was fabricated.

The officer’s claim set off a 24-hour alert that even led to schools being closed Thursday.

Millis Police Sgt. William Dwyer said ballistic testing determined that the only bullets found at the scene belonged to that officer.

“The alleged actions of this officer should not reflect the remainder of the Millis Police department,” Dwyer said. “The other officers of this department are dedicated public servants and committed to the highest level of integrity.”

Dwyer said the 24-year-old officer has been working with the department for a little more than a year, but he had not yet completed the police academy.

“I’m very upset and don’t know exactly how to feel right now, except I’m concerned for the other members of the department,” the chief added.

Officials said the officer’s name won’t be released until charges are filed.

The officer’s motive is not yet clear. Police said the incident is under investigation.

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