Sheriff's deputies in Franklin County, Washington, say a man asked his friend to shoot him with a gun so that he could avoid work and an anticipated workplace drug test.
The deputies tell KIMA-TV (Yakima) that when they questioned the man in the hospital, where he was recovering from a gunshot wound, he told them that the injury to his shoulder resulted from a drive-by shooting.
At first, the man's friend backed up his story. The detectives say they became suspicious of the story and questioned the two men further. The deputies say the men later admitted that they fabricated the story about the drive-by shooting.
Deputies tell KIMA-TV that the victim of the gunshot wound said that he had asked his friend to shoot him. Why? Deputies say the men admitted that they set up the shooting so that one of the men could avoid a workplace drug test at his employer, the television station reports. The gunshot came from a a .22-caliber revolver, the Tri-City Herald reports.
Both of the men are veterans of the Iraq War and recently returned from serving there, the television station reports. The gun-shot victim faces a charge of false reporting. The friend also faces a charge related to the shooting.