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Man taken into custody after reporting he’d been shot, police only found a scratch

Law enforcement officers and IU Health Bloomington emergency workers responded to the parking lot at Quality Collision on South Walnut where they found a man who had reported being shot, but who only had a scratch, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The man was taken to the hospital for “mental detention” after admitting that he had attempted suicide, and saying he had been jumping in front of cars. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Police responded to a man saying he was shot but learned he was attempting suicide Wednesday night, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Around 10:12 p.m. police responded to the area near Burger King on South Walnut after a man said he’d been shot, said the Bloomington Police. When police arrived the man had left the area, but they found him in walking in the area of 1800 S. Walnut.

The man claimed at first he’d been shot in the arm by an unknown subject at a nearby apartment building, but officers determined the man didn’t have a bullet wound, but a scratch according to the police. Upon further questioning the man admitted he’d been trying to kill himself by jumping in front of cars, so the man was taken to a hospital for “mental detention,” according to the BPD.

All charges are mere allegations unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Law enforcement officers and IU Health Bloomington emergency workers responded to the parking lot at Quality Collision on South Walnut where they found a man who had reported being shot, but who only had a scratch, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The man was taken to the hospital for “mental detention” after admitting that he had attempted suicide, and saying he had been jumping in front of cars. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Law enforcement officers and IU Health Bloomington emergency workers responded to the parking lot at Quality Collision on South Walnut where they found a man who had reported being shot, but who only had a scratch, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The man was taken to the hospital for “mental detention” after admitting that he had attempted suicide, and saying he had been jumping in front of cars. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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