Bryan Johnson Pleads Not Guilty to Lying About Shooting

Bryan Johnson

Within the hour, it has been reported that Bryan Johnson, the Massachusetts police officer who had been accused of lying about being shot in the line of duty, pleaded not guilty today and has been granted a $10,000 bail. Claiming that on Sept. 2, his cruiser was fired at 2-3 times by a man in a pickup, Johnson insisted he had a reason for firing at the man.

Johnson’s account, however, was determined to be a hoax during the investigation, which led to his arrest last week. In fact, it was learned in the investigation that he had fired at his own vehicle, which was found shot-up, crashed, and burned on the side of Forrest Road.

Not Guilty?

The former part-time officer told investigators, in response to the findings and in his own defense, that he had blacked out. In June, he had been promoted to a permanent officer, so investigators, in their pursuit of motive, currently believe that for fear of losing his job, he fabricated this entire story.

Millis City Officer Johnson had previously been charged with malicious destruction of property, misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information, and the unlawful discharge of a firearm. He has posted bail and will wear an ankle monitor until the next phase of the trial, which has yet to be scheduled.

By James Hicks

Sources:
Medfield Patch: Millis Officer Who Fabricated Shooting Pleads Not Guilty
Reuters: Mass. police officer arraigned on hoax shooting claim
WCVB5: Officer accused of shooting hoax charged

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