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Gunshot victim arrested after making false claims

A Hampton man was arrested by Fayetteville Police Wednesday afternoon after making false claims of having received a gunshot wound in Fayetteville. Officers investigating the incident determined that the gunshot wound to the man’s leg occurred in Clayton County and that he had come to Fayette County for treatment of the wound.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said 24 year-old Kevin Colley, of Hampton, was arrested after making a number of false statements related to the gunshot injury to his thigh.

Whitlow said Colley was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital by a friend at approximately 1:30 p.m. Officers were summoned to the hospital after Colley maintained that he had been shot at the Taco Bell restaurant in Fayetteville.

Interviews with Colley and a friend who transported him were underway while officers closed off the Taco Bell parking lot to search the scene of the alleged shooting. Investigators as a result of the interviews and the search were able to determine that Colley’s claims were inconsistent with the facts and that he had been shot in Clayton County and had come to Fayette for treatment of the wound, Whitlow said.

Colley received treatment for the wound and was arrested, said Whitlow.

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