Louisiana cop charged for falsely claiming he was ambushed after he accidentally shot himself

A Louisiana police officer who claimed he was wounded in an ambush actually shot himself with his own service weapon, according to authorities.

John Goulart Jr. was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of malfeasance in office, Deputy Chief Darrell Basco of the Pineville Police Department Administrative Bureau told CNN.

The incident unfolded while the 25-year-old officer was on duty Sunday night. Goulart reported he had been shot a single time around 11:50 p.m. and was then transported to the hospital for treatment.

He has since been released.

Basco said two rounds were fired off from Goulart’s gun, one of them striking his leg while the other hit his cruiser door.

“The investigation led to a determination that the officer shot himself, concealed and altered the facts,” he told CNN..

“Everything shows it was an accidental discharge,” Basco added.

Goulart was booked at the Rapides Parish Detention Center. The charges the officer faces are brought when an individual allegedly files a false police report, Basco explained.

Goulart posted a $10,500 bond less than an hour after he was booked and remained on administrative leave Thursday.

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