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NEW PHILADELPHIA — A Newcomerstown Police officer who said he was shot during a traffic stop lied about the incident, authorities said today. Officer Bryan J. Eubanks had apparently shot himself.
Eubanks, 37, was fired Tuesday after admitting to making a false report. He had been an officer in the village for 14 years.
Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell and Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said they were disappointed to learn that the officer’s report of being shot during a traffic stop on April 11 was a lie.
“This is the biggest kick in the gut we could have here,” Campbell said at an afternoon news conference about the investigation into a Newcomerstown officer’s claim. “The outcome of the case is not as we have hoped.”
The investigation revealed that Eubanks shot himself in a failed suicide attempt. His subsequent claim that he was shot by a tattooed man who was a passenger in a black Geo Tracker set off a three-county search for a suspect involving some 100 law-enforcement officers.