The Pineville Police Department says the officer who was allegedly “ambushed” on Sunday night actually shot himself.
John Michael Goulart Jr., an officer in Pineville, Louisiana, is accused of having “altered the facts” after shooting himself, the police department said following an investigation.
Goulart said he had been shot once in the leg, with a second bullet hitting the rear door of his police car, while he was at a local shopping center.
On Monday, Deputy Chief Darrell Basco, the Pineville Public Information Officer, said the officer had come under fire after being “ambushed.”
Local news station KALB-TV quoted Basco as saying: “There were shots fired at the officer. The officer didn’t return fire on anybody. He was exiting the patrol vehicle at the shopping center whenever he was ambushed by an unknown person at this time and two shots were fired. One striking him, and the other hit the vehicle.”
However, on Tuesday the department announced that an investigation had “led to a determination that the officer shot himself, concealed and altered the facts.”
The Pineville Police Department said the investigation was now closed and that the 25-year-old officer had been charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of malfeasance in office.
He was released from custody at the Rapides Parish Detention Center, reportedly on a $10,500 bond, and has been placed on administrative leave.