Man shoots himself, blames it on 'black man'

Cops: man never existed

REDDING, Calif. - A man who first told Redding Police he was attacked by a black man with a gun has admitted to intentionally shooting himself.

Officer from Redding Police Department got called to Shasta Regional Medical Center for a reported gunshot victim on Feb. 1, at 8:18 p.m.

There they found 34-year-old Brent Thomas Posada of Redding, who said he was shot at his home on the 100 block of Hilltop Drive.

Posada told police a black man approached him there and pointed a gun at his head.

Posada said he pushed the suspect's arm to the side as the gun went off, and a bullet struck him in abdomen.

When police searched the area they couldn't find any evidence, so they turned the case over to the Investigations Division.

Investigators examined Posada's clothes and and pictures of his injuries from that night, finding evidence that contradicted Posada's statement.

On Monday, Feb. 10, Redding Police interviewed Posada, who admitted that he shot himself with a high-powered air rifle inside his home.

Posada was not arrested for filing a false police report; however, the investigation will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office for review.

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