Police respond to bogus 'shooting'
Medford police rushed to the report of suspected shooting Monday night and instead found a teenager who had cut his arm on a broken window.
"We were very thankful that he was not a shooting victim," Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.
However, Budreau noted that the lie the 15-year-old boy told his father about being shot prompted a large police response and could result in charges related to making a false report.
The report of a person with a shotgun and a victim who had been shot in the 400 block of South Columbus Avenue came in to the Medford police dispatch center at about 10:25 p.m.
Officers rushed to the area and a man flagged them down to say his son had been shot, a police report said. The teen had a big, open wound on his right wrist and forearm and was taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, Budreau said. The father and son directed police to a neighboring house, where they said the shots came from.
About a block away, other officers saw a 17-year-old boy running and suspected he was involved in the incident. They commanded him to stop, but he kept running, police said in a news release. Officers caught up with him, as he was trying to get over a fence, and subdued him with a Taser. He was lodged in the juvenile detention center on charges of probation violation and disorderly conduct and police determined he was only a witness in the events that led to the 15-year-old's injury.
Budreau said that the injured teen had been pounding on a window of a neighboring home, trying to attract the attention of people inside, when the window broke and he cut himself on the jagged glass. He ran home and told his father he had been shot, prompting the police department to send officers and detectives to the neighborhood to unravel what happened.
Budreau said the gash on the teen's arm might require surgery, but his current medical condition wasn't available Tuesday.