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Bucks police officer shot during traffic stop
Investigators say the Chalfont police Officer John Cousin was shot in the chest after pulling up to investigate a suspicious vehicle around 3:15 a.m. Monday.
The officer was able to radio dispatchers after he was shot in the parking lot of a swim club where the suspicious car had been stopped.
Cousin was wearing body armor. He was transported to a hospital before being released a few hours later.
Authorities say they’re searching for the maroon Oldsmobile the officer had pulled over with two men and a woman inside.
Chalfont police officer faked being shot, authorities allege
Cousin is in jail Wednesday on charges of filing false reports to authorities because investigators say the shooting Cousin reported early Monday never occurred. Although there was a bullet found in Cousin's bulletproof vest worn under his uniform, the bullet apparently was not fired while Cousin was wearing the vest.
Police began searching for an older model Oldsmobile, possibly a maroon Cutlass, occupied by two males and a female. The vague description released by authorities indicated Cousin did not radio in the license plate or a description of the car before approaching it, which is usually standard procedure when making a traffic stop.
It turned out, he had no injuries or bruises to his chest as would be expected from being struck with a bullet.
Borough officials, in a news release, said they also grew suspicious because "Officer Cousin's explanation of the shooting raised more questions than it answered."
Detectives from the Bucks County district attorney's office were called in to take over the investigation.
A ballistics analysis of Cousin's bulletproof vest and other evidence determined the shooting had been staged and Cousin's story was fabricated, the news release said.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by RealSpoke
I figure he's either an attention junkie or he decided to test out his vest to make sure it would protect him and then found out he couldn't get a replacement unless it happened in the line of duty.
I think once a vest take a bullet, it is recommended you take it out of service as it may not be completely effective afterwards. Those vests ain't cheap and he may have been looking for a way to get the department to pay for his replacement.